Harvest Highlights: Mixed progress for UK wheat combining.

Rain was preventing some growers in the west from continuing with wheat harvest althought in the east combines were still going.

Guy Smith of Wigboro wick Farm, north-east Essex was hopeful of finishing Solstice and Xi19 Winter wheat by the end of the week. “Quality looks excellent,” he said.

Weather-wise, it had been easy for him to work, but had been less kind towards his crops’ yields, he said.

Martin Boulden of Court Lodge, Aldington, Ashford, Kent. was also continuing with Solstice today and was pleased to have 101ha of Hereward “all in the shed.”

That yielded 8.5 t/ha with Hagberg’s of between 250-300, protein at 14% and bushel weight of 80kg/hl.
Tim Cooper of Wix near Manningtree, Essex also planned on combining Malacca this afternoon.

He had 81 of 162ha (200 of 400 acres) left to cut and said: “It’s going well so far.”

Robert Craig of Ballykelly near Limavady, County Londonderry wasn’t able to combine today due to the rain although he was also pleased with progress so far.

The current forecast didn’t look good but he said: “Weather permitting, I shall be combining again.”

Duncan Whiteman of Arlescott Farm, Telford, Shropshire was also waiting for good weather to combine and far his 100ha winter wheat to ripen.

He said the weather had been “crazy” but suspected yields to be slightly up from last year.

After six weeks of continual wet weather, weeds had re-grown on Gettern Mere farm, Halsall, Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Farm owner Paul Pilkington also wanted some stable weather. “We are hoping not to have any significant rain this side of mid-September.”

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