Oliver Walston has cut 15% of his winter wheat at Thriplow Farm

Oliver Walston has cut 15% of his winter wheat at Thriplow Farm, Cambridge, and is thrilled with the yields so far.


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The 55ha (136 acres) of Glasgow averaged 11.7t/ha (4.75t/acre), moisture adjusted and over a weighbridge. “It’s incredible. It’s too early to say that it’s the best harvest ever – we must see what the second wheats do before we can say that.”

Mr Walston had cut wheat at the wettest level ever – 27.1% – to capture the weather market prices, selling all the wheat so far at between £115/t and £171/t.

However, the Excel and Castille oilseed rape suffered from sclerotinia and averaged 3.4t/ha (1.4t/acre). “I sold it extraordinarily badly, most at £220/t.”

Mr Walston now had 364ha (900 acres) of wheat left to cut, 50ha (124 acres) of beans and 20ha (50 acres) of peas.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Glasgow
Area: 55ha (136 acres)
Yield: 11.7t/ha (4.74t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Excel and Castille
Area: 105ha (260 acres)
Yield: 3.4t/ha (1.4t/acre)



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