Wheat yields are looking pretty good near Holbeach, Lincolnshire, where Mark Tinsley has cut just over 40ha of Cordiale for seed at Hurn Hall Farm.
“It’s yielding about 10t/ha according to the combine – I think it should be a good average yield, with good specific weight,” he said.
However, the remaining two-thirds of the wheat was not quite fit, so combining was now on hold for a few days.
“A break of two or three days’ rain won’t worry us – I don’t think I’ve ever said that before during harvest.”
So far, farmers had not cut that much wheat in the area, said Mr Tinsley.
“My suspicion is that where the wheat has survived the ravages of the winter, it should yield relatively well around here.”
In stark contrast, oilseed rape was likely to be fairly diabolical.
“We abandoned a lot of it on the heavier silts. The rest is still about a week away and is going to be a disaster.”
Crop: Winter wheat