John’s second combine sits idle

Despite buying a second combine to help speed through harvest, John Wilcox was still only halfway through his wheat at Batch Acre Hall, Stratford, Staffs.

“We did about 100 acres with it, and both combines have sat in the field since and done nothing for almost a fortnight.”

Yields had been excellent, averaging about 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre), but grains were now splitting in the standing corn.

“We’re quite tempted to go on now at 26-27% moisture – I don’t know how much longer we can leave it,” said Mr Wilcox.

“I’m more concerned about sowing other crops now because we’ve got fields which are under water.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Zebedee, Alchemy, Nijinsky, Sahara and Oakley
Area: 120ha (300 acres)
Yield: 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Westminster
Area: 26ha (65 acres)
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Saffron
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)


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