Pleasing wheat near Harleston

David Green, managing director of Gawdy Hall Farms, Harleston, Norfolk, has just started combining winter wheat and is pleased with yields so far.

“It’s our first day on wheat today (24 July) and it’s coming off at 15% moisture and 10t/ha so far,” he said. “It’s early days yet, but it has looked good all year, and the second wheats look well too.”

Very little wheat had yet been cut in the area, making Gawdy Hall Farms one of the first to start, he added.

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Oilseed rape had also done well, with Cubic yielding 4t/ha and Incentive 4.2t/ha. “Cubic is very early maturing, which helps us when we have a busy schedule for the rest of the harvest, seedbed preparation and drilling,” said Mr Green.

“Being low biomass it is also easy to combine, and, anecdotally, I think it may hang onto its seed better than some.

“We’ve had some high winds and the Cubic lost very little seed compared with the other varieties; Quartz, Compass and PR46W21.”

Overall, the oilseed rape averaged 3.75t/ha across 140ha.

Winter barley also yielded extremely well, with 61ha of SY Venture averaging 10.6t/ha. “We were a bit amazed by that,” said Mr Green.

“We haven’t grown barley for about six years – and it’s made the malting grade with a nitrogen content of 1.6%.”