Philip’s wheat makes the grade

Philip Gorringe has got 28ha (70 acres) of winter wheat to finish off at Lower Blakemere Farm, Herefordshire, followed by spring wheat and peas.

Despite some sprouting, most of his winter wheat would make the seed grade it was grown for, he said. “That’s a bonus we were beginning to think we weren’t going to get.”

Wheat yields had been excellent, ranging from about 10-11t/ha (4-4.5t/acre). “That’s probably going to be the saving grace.”

Mr Gorringe was combining by day and cleaning the seed by night, and still had 28ha (70 acres) of feed wheat, 6ha (15 acres) of Granary spring wheat, and 49ha (120 acres) of peas to do.

Although the spring wheat had gone flat, the peas still looked well, he said. “We’ve been lucky that we’ve been able to travel on the ground – there are still people who can’t get onto their fields.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Humber, Conqueror, Einstein, Cordiale and Sherborne
Area: 113ha (280 acres)
Yield: 10-11t/ha (4-4.5t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Saffron
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Yield: >8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre)

Variety: Wintmalt
Area: 32ha (80 acres)
Yield: 8-8.6t/ha (3.25-3.5t/acre)


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