Isle of Wight wheat makes milling

Harvest had finished for Richard Orlick at Newbarton Farm, Isle of Wight. He was very pleased with 97ha (243ac) of Hereward and Soissons, which met full specification for milling.

Yields were better than average at 8t/ha (3.2t/ac) and quality had been very good. Most of the crop cut at 15-16% moisture, with some at 13%, so no drying was needed.

“They did slightly better than last year so we’re pleased with it.”

Hereward had done slightly better than last year and he said they had no problems during harvest.

Mr Orlick finished cutting on August 16, which had been earlier than the past few years, although he said they often finish in August.

Next year he planned to grow some Soissons and try something different from Hereward.

He added: “Overall I’d say it has been a reasonable harvest for us.”

• Crop: Winter wheat
• Variety: Hereward and Soissons
• Area: 97ha (243ac)
• Yield: 8t/ha (3.2t/ac)
• Quality: Moisture mostly 15-16%

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