Oilseed rape harvesting begins at Priors Farm

Richard Brown made a start on his oilseed rape at Priors Farm, Newbury, Berks, yesterday (30 July), and is expecting yields to be well below average.

“We’re cutting the worst of the rape at the moment, with a lot of pigeon damage,” he said. “It’s probably not doing much over 2.5t/ha (1t/acre) – hopefully we’ll head into something better this afternoon.”

Mr Brown said he would be surprised if the 61ha (150 acres) of Astrid would average 3.3t/ha (1.35t/acre).

He also expected poor wheat yields, particularly from the Humber. “I rubbed some ears out yesterday and it looks terrible – it’s so thin that there’s going to be a huge amount of tail corn.”

Although the Einstein looked good, he reckoned yields would suffer from a lack of sunshine this year.

“However, the spring barley still looks excellent.” Both the 61ha (150 acres) of Tipple and the wheat were at least a fortnight away, he said.

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Astrid
Yield: 2.5t/ha (1t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Humber and Einstein
Area: 61ha (150 acres)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Tipple
Area: 61ha (150 acres)



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