Peter finishes harvest in Essex

Peter Wombwell finished harvest at Rectory Farm, Saffron Walden, Essex, yesterday (28 August), and was now on contract combining for neighbours.

“We’ve had some spectacular yields,” he said. Wheat had averaged 11.4t/ha (4.62t/acre) through the combine at between 14.5% and 18% moisture – well above average.

Cordiale yielded 10.4t/ha (4.3t/acre) as a second wheat, and sold for £140/t off the combine with a decent milling sample, said Mr Wombwell.

The Battalion averaged about the same but had a poorer sample with lower protein.

Solstice, grown on very light soil, made just over 10t/ha (4t/acre), and organic Paragon spring wheat yielded 6.2-6.8t/ha (2.5-2.75t/acre).

Ambrosia, grown as a second and third wheat yielded 11.1-12.4t/ha (4.5-5t/acre). “We were very happy with that.”

But taking the biscuit was Oakley, which yielded between 12.8t and 13.5t/ha (5.2-5.46t/acre). “It was fantastic – it just knocked me out.”

Mr Wombwell managed to get his Prophet spring peas in before the rain, and was very pleased with their quality and yield of 4.9t/ha (2t/acre).

Crop: Spring wheat
Variety: Paragon (organic)
Area: 16ha (40 acres)
Yield: 6.2-6.8t/ha (2.5-2.75t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Cordiale
Area: 45ha (110 acres)
Yield: 10.4t/ha (4.3t/acre)

Variety: Battalion
Area: 22ha (54 acres)
Yield: 10.4t/ha (4.3t/acre)

Variety: Ambrosia
Area: 32ha (78 acres)
Yield: 11.1-12.4t/ha (4.5-5t/acre)

Variety: Oakley
Area: 62ha (153 acres)
Yield: 12.8-13.5t/ha (5.2-5.46t/acre)

Variety: Solstice
Area: 20ha (50 acres)
Yield: 10t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Peas
Variety: Prophet
Area: 20ha (50 acres
Yield: 4.9t/ha (2t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Castille
Area: 61ha (150 acres)
Yield: 3.3t/ha (1.3t/acre)



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