Flagon winter barley has produced some mixed results at Nick Harding’s Preston Farm, Dorset, yielding slightly below normal.
The 45ha (111 acres) averaged about 7.5t/ha (3t/acre), he said. “The rape isn’t fit yet so we’re sat on our haunches for a bit.” He expected to be into the 50ha (124 acres) of rape this weekend (26/27 July). “It’s looking reasonable.”
Although Mr Harding had started harvest slightly earlier than normal, it would be at least two weeks before the spring barley or winter wheat was ready, he said.
Crop: Winter barley
Area: 45ha (111 acres)
Yield: 7.5t/ha (3t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Area: 50ha (124 acres)
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high