Rain halts wheat harvest in Derbyshire

Rain has stalled the combine at James Chamberlain’s Glebe Farm in Derbyshire. He only needs three to four more working days to complete the crop.

“We’ve been fortunate not to have missed an opportunity yet and we will carry on when the going gets good,” said Mr Chamberlain.

Mr Chamberlain had cut about a third of his 180ha (445 acres) of Solstice. So far it had yielded about 8.25 t/ha (3.3 t/acre).

He had also completed 40ha (100 acres) of Malacca at 8.125t/ha (3.25/t/acre).

He said he was satisfied with yields, although they were below his 10t/ha (4t/acre) average. Crops had lodged on the clay loam soils, with up to 50% affected.

Mr Chamberlain finished NK Grace oilseed rape at his farm.

He had cut 100ha (250 acres) for seed, yielding 3.75t/ha (1.5 t/acre). The remaining 80ha (200 acres) was for crushing and yielded 3.3t/ha (1.33t/acre). He was disappointed with yields blaming the lack of sunshine.

He also had 152ha (380 acres) of standing, ripe Westminster, Quench and Waggon spring barley to do. It was ready now and stood well.

• Crop: Oilseed rape
• Area total: 180ha (550 acres)
o NK Grace (for seed)
o Area:100ha (250 acres)
o Yield: 3.75t/ha (1.5 t/acre)

o NK Grace (for crushing)
o  Area: 80ha (200 acres)
o Moisture: <9%
o Yield: 3.3t/ha (1.33t/acre)

• Crop: Winter Wheat
o Area: 40ha (100 acres)
o Variety: Malacca
o Yield: 8.125t/ha (3.25/t/acre).

• Crop: Winter Wheat
o Area: 60ha (150acres) cut
o Variety: Solstice
o Yield: 8.25 t/ha (3.3 t/acre).

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