Pleasing rapeseed at Neatham Farms

Daniel Crawford is combining oilseed rape at Neatham Farms, Alton, Hampshire, today (9 August), and is quite pleased with yields so far.

“We cut 4ha on Wednesday, which did quite well at 4.6t/ha,” he said. “And I’ve literally just started on the headland of another 5ha today, which is reading 5t/ha on the spot combine meter, although it won’t average that.”

The rest of the rapeseed would be ready next week, followed by winter wheat and spring oats, said Mr Crawford.

“The spring barley is taking a while to go off. But the crops have pulled together much better than we were expecting after the winter, so I don’t think it’s going to be a complete dead loss.”

Having missed a lot of the heavy showers, Mr Crawford had been irrigating potatoes like mad. “We had 2mm last night, but it’s been windy and sunny today, so has dried off quickly.

“But we’re on quite heavy land, so while it’s cracked on the top, if you dig down there is moisture there.”

Although farmers had cut a bit of winter barley in the area, most were waiting to get really stuck into harvest, he added.

“We’re all just waiting to go – I think next week will see everyone really get under way.”

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Camelot
Area: 4ha
Yield: 4.6t/ha

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