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Winter wheat yields are slightly up on last year in the east and west according to latest reports. While there is some variability, particularly on lighter land, higher yields are needed to counteract low prices, growers have said.
Wheat yields are up 20-30% for Duncan Whiteman in Shropshire. He is “sailing through” harvest with first wheat Robigus yielding 10t/ha, and second wheat Gladiator at 9.4t/ha. Castille oilseed rape yielded 1.25t/ha above last year at 5t/ha.
Winter wheat yields are better than last year for Adrian Howell in Lincolnshire. Robigus performed best at over 11.25t/ha. Cordiale and Claire were both close to 10t/ha and quality was also good, he said.
Hertfordshire grower Charles Martin said his Consort and Einstein yielded better than last year at an average of 7.5t/ha. But he is still unsure about what price he will get and fears it will be disappointing.
Harvest is easier than last year for Shropshire farmer Andrew Craig. He is relieved crops have not been affected by blossom midge this year. Yields were about average with first wheat Gladiator at 10.5t/ha and second wheat Napier coming in close to 8.75t/ha.
FARMERS WEEKLY Farmer Focus writer Mark Ireland said Hereward yields were slightly up on last year at 8.75t/ha. He said quality was good with high protein and good Hagbergs, although 40mm of rain has stopped him cutting anything since Thursday (August 11).
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