Istabraq top yielder in Cornwall

Wheat yields have been very varied for John Moss in Pillaton, Cornwall with three days worth of wheat left to cut.

Wheat sown in late September yielded a disappointing 7.5t/ha, whilst crops sown in November were much better. He said this was surprising as it was the other way around last year.

Istabraq proved to be very pleasing with 16ha yielding 10t/ha, and another 12ha at 11t/ha. He expects to drop Robigus next year as yields were very inconsistent and generally low.

Bushel weights were “worryingly disappointing” at 71-72kg/hl compared to the usual 74-76kg/hl which he said was either due to the cold March and April or the hot weather in June.

Harvest progress is much further ahead of last year, and although he has been stopped by rain, Mr Moss said he had not started wheat until August 20 last year.

He added: “There’s a lot of straw and it has a better price, which is a big thing down here.”

  • Crop/Variety: Winter wheat – Claire, Robigus, Istabraq, Deben

  • Area: 440ha

  • Yield:  Average 8.75t/ha, 7.5t/ha on earlier sown crops, Istabraq – 10t/ha and 11t/ha

  • Quality: Bushel weight 71-72kg/hl

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