Harvest 2019: Cornish oats perform well, with yield near 7t/ha

Winter oats performed well on one Cornish farm, with the variety Mascani yielding 6.75t/ha and the harvested grain set to be heading for the oat millers.

Will Doidge, farm manager at WH Bond, in the south-east of the county, cut half of his 76ha of the winter cereal on Tuesday and is set to finish off the rest by the end of this week.

The grain had a specific weight of 56kg/hl, which is well above the minimum standard of 52kg/hl demanded by many oat millers.

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He was aiming for a yield of 7.5t/ha with the Mascani, which is the most popular winter variety with oat millers and growers, but was happy with the quality.

“I would rather have the yield we cut and a good specific weight, than a slightly higher yield and the grain weighing light,” he told Farmers Weekly.

Watch a video below of the combine cutting oats on this Cornish farm.

The 800ha farming group is based at Trerulefoot, near Saltash, and winter oats is the first crop it has started combining, with 280ha of winter wheat set to be cut in about a week’s time.