Showery weather is doing nothing to help Martin Boulden’s crops at Court Lodge, Aldington, Kent, which are starting to suffer from drought.
Amazingly, the area had received virtually no rain since the beginning of March, and recent light showers were simply becoming a nuisance, said Mr Boulden.
“It’s like a desert – we are very short of moisture. Some of the wheat is just beginning to die off on the sandy ground.”
Mr Boulden had cut 40ha (100 acres) of Saffron winter barley last week, which averaged 8.7t/ha (3.5t/acre), and hoped to make a start on some oats this afternoon (21 July).
The 200ha (500 acres) of oilseed rape was not yet fit, but the 100ha (250 acres) of peas were ready to spray off.
“I tested wheat, oilseed rape and peas yesterday and they were all 19% moisture – so we’re going to be very busy next week,” he said.
“Everything looks very well and people around here are getting some rape cut today.”
Crop: Winter barley
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Yield: 8.7t/ha (3.5t/acre)
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2009/10 variety with very high UK treated yields and a maximum 9 rating for resistance to lodging with and without PGR. Combined with the highest second wheat yield and a balanced disease resistance profile, Duxford will continue to help UK growers meet the challenge of producing more grain profitably.