Rain grinds harvest to a halt

With one and a half days of combining left, rain today (Aug 19) has caused Stephen Horn in Hampshire, to grind to a “frustrating” halt. Yields were varied, with 80ha of Claire yielding a disappointing 9.75t/ha, and 80ha of Einstein “a lot better” at 11.5t/ha.

He said 20ha of Hereward had been very disappointing at 9t/ha, with 14% protein and 120 Hagberg. “The quality was totally shot from the rain, Hagbergs have totally gone.”

Optic spring barley cut at 7.5t/ha, with 1.6-1.8% nitrogen, which he said was higher than he has had in a number of years.

Mr Horn said he is ahead of last year but frustrated this rain is halting progress. He expects to grow Solstice and Einstein next year, and has chosen Claire over Robigus due to better crop standing.

  • Crop/Variety: Claire winter wheat
  • Area: 80ha
  • Yield: 9.75t/ha
  • Quality: N/A


  • Crop/Variety: Hereward winter wheat
  • Area: 20ha
  • Yield: 9t/ha
  • Quality: 14% protein, Hagberg 120


  • Crop/Variety: Einstein winter wehat
  • Area: 80ha
  • Yield: 11.5t/ha
  • Quality: N/A


  • Crop/Variety: Optic spring barley
  • Area: 160ha
  • Yield: 7.5t/ha
  • Quality: Nitrogen 1.6 – 1.8%


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