Harvest Highlight: Rain stalls wheat harvest

Wet weather held up combining in most parts of the UK for the second day running.

It was too wet to combine at Willow Paddocks farm for Andrew Digwood of Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

Although he was pleased to have 40ha (100 acres) of Claire winter wheat cut at 14% moisture yielding 9.4t/ha (3.75 t/acre).

He said: “We are suffering with wet ground conditions but yields and quality are OK.”

Combining was on hold for Ed Lankfer at Laurel Farm, Wereham, Norfolk.

David Hues was waiting for straw and crops to dry at Galteemore Farm, Beckhampton, Wiltshire today.

Mr Hues had sold almost a third of his wheat, which had a specific weight of 76kg/hl for £80-110/t.

He said: “I think it’s going to be an average harvest”, but added he was happy prices saying, “I’m pleased with results.”

Aaron Hogsbjerg of Belchamp Water, Suffolk said that, although rain was forecast today the long term forecast was better.

He hoped to combine 50ha (125 acres) of Glasgow winter wheat this afternoon. So far 150ha (375 acres) were cut yielding 10t/ha (4t/acre) at 13% moisture.

“I’m pleased we’re keeping up, considering the year we’ve had,” he added.

Anthony Morbey was half-way through his spring and winter wheat crops.

Last night’s rain and forecasted showers had the combine parked at Cole Ambrose Farm, Ely, Cambridgeshire today.

So far 200ha (500acres) of Robigus and Solstice were cut yielding a disappointing 7.5t/ha (3t/acre) at 15% moisture.

“We’re a little later with progress this year, but it’s weather-related. “You can’t beat it, it’s a fact,” he ended.




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