Harvest Highlights: Wheat yields remain variable as harvest progresses.

A fine day was had by most farmers across England, encouraging them to make further inroads into their wheat. 

Caley Sackur was combining Malacca winter wheat at Lodge Farm, Tibthorpe, Driffiled. He was hoping for yields around 10t/ha (4t/acre).

“I picked my time to combine with the sun and the wind. We’re travelling beautifully!”

He added: “Higher prices look promising.”

Grain Merchant Chris Spedding thought wheat yields were below average this year across Hampshire.

He said: “Yields across the board have been lower than 10-year records.” But better prices would offset that he added.

He also began cutting “good-looking” Mascot wheat and had started last night, “it was coming in at 15%.”

Einstein wheat yielded well below the farm average of 10t/ha (4t/acre) at Richard and Susie Monnington’s Park Farm, Ringmer, East Sussex. It produced 8.4t/ha (3.36t/acre) at 14.7% moisture

Lionel Wells of Dedington, Banbury, Oxfordshire was set to start cutting Malacca wheat this morning

“We’re just making the most of the fine weather,” he said.

Also commenting on the weather was James Coumbe. He said: “The settled weather is allowing us to get on and it’s nice to see good prices so we can make good money again.”

Mr Coumbe has been combining Gerald oats at Sentry Farms, Sentry-Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Herts.

Nick Pratt of Downham market, Norfolk reckoned that wheat yields would be average.

 “It’s a spring barley year rather than a wheat year,” he added.

Mr Pratt of Downham Market, Norfolk has started combining Sancerre ‘white wheat.’

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* If you’ve got a harvest story then call our dedicated harvest reporter David Kemp on 020 8652 4073. You can also get involved on the new FWiSpace forums where you can chat directly with other farmers and share the high and lows of what is shaping up to be a challenging summer.

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If you prefer, we can set you up with your own gallery where you can upload pictures at any time to share them with other farmers.

We are hoping to print a selection of the best harvest pictures submitted each week in Farmers Weekly magazine. Please be aware that for use in the magazine we will need pictures to be taken using the highest quality setting on your camera.

 

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