Harvest 2019: Wheat cutting in Kent to resume after rain

Winter wheat harvest is set to resume late this afternoon on one Kent farm, after weekend rain delayed the cutting of a milling crop that was showing grain yields of up to 15t/ha.

James Attwood on the Isle of Sheppey had cut about 200ha of wheat out of a total 1,000ha, which consisted of the milling varieties Skyfall and Crusoe, with yields and quality looking good before wet weather arrived over the weekend.

“We are hoping to get going again late afternoon, with harvest so far looking good with wheat yields in the 12-15t/ha range,” he told Farmers Weekly.

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The farm trading as SW Attwood at New Hook Farm is seeing its breadmaking wheats showing good specific weight of 82-83kg/hl and high proteins of about 14%, but there were no details on Hagberg levels.

The wheat harvest had been going really well and Mr Attwood was happy with the results until the rain, and he added that they will need about a week and a half of good weather to finish cutting the wheat crop.

The farm has just completed its oilseed rape harvest on its rich silty soils on the north Kent coast, with 280ha of oilseed rape averaging about 4.9t/ha.