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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