Rain has stopped play at Duncan Whiteman’s Arlescott Farm

Rain has stopped play at Duncan Whiteman’s Arlescott Farm, Telford, Shropshire, and combine breakdowns have added to the delays.

However, all the Camion winter barley is in the barn, yielding about 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) – slightly better than average. The sample was good, but was having to be dried due to the wet weather, said Mr Whiteman.


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The 30ha (75 acres) of Castille rape was only just fit, having taken a long time to ripen. “It’s at least a week behind normal,” he said.

The new Claas Tucano combine had also been plagued with teething problems, sticking in first gear and causing delays. “At least it’s been broken down when it’s been raining.”

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Camion
Area: 30ha (75 acres)
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Castille
Area: 30ha (75 acres)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Solstice, Ambrosia and Alchemy
Area: 121ha (300 acres)

Crop: Linseed
Area: 12ha (30 acres)



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