Quality fears in Yorks

Harvest is going slowly for FARMERS WEEKLY Barometer Farmer, Paul Temple at Wold Farm, near Driffield, North Yorkshire. “What we have done has gone alright, but it’s taking a long time to get through.”

He grows 100ha of wheat, comprising Robigus, Einstein and Claire, all for seed.

So far he is reasonably happy with quality and average yields of 9.8t/ha (4t/acre), but said he hasn’t touched the Claire yet and is worried about the impact of recent rain.

“We’re worried it’s going to be a repeat of the problems last year, but hopefully it won’t affect quality too much.”

Mr Temple drilled Royal and Castille oilseed rape around a week ago and has been keen to apply slug pellets, as he is worried the damp conditions will favour increased attack.

Despite achieving average rape yields, in line with his target 4t/ha, he said Lioness has been dropped in favour of Castille for next season.

  • Crop/Variety: Robigus, Einstein, Claire winter wheat

  • Area: 100ha

  • Yield: 9.8t/ha

  • Quality: N/A

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