Rained off in Kent

Martin and Paul Boulden hoped to start combining winter wheat at Court Lodge, Aldington, Kent, today (10 August), but rain has stopped play.


“We have had quite a bit of rain this morning – and it has been a bit slow harvesting the oilseed rape between the showers – it’s taken us two weeks to cut it,” said Martin.

However, the father and son team finished combining rapeseed last night, and were reasonably pleased with yields of 3.8-4t/ha (1.5-1.6t/acre).

Kalif performed the best, at over 4t/ha (1.6t/acre), but crops were very variable depending on soil type, and yields for some fell as low as 2.5t/ha (1t/acre).

Carat winter barley yielded slightly below average at 6.4-6.7t/ha (2.6-2.7t/acre), with Jalna oats producing a similar yield.

Standal large blue peas were quite pleasing at 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre). “They were all standing and we cut 60ha (150 acres) in just seven hours – that’s the best we’ve ever had,” said Martin.

He now had Hereward, Cordiale, Solstice and Claire wheat to cut. “It looks well – it hasn’t been ready until now.

“A lot of people round us have been into wheat but the moisture just wouldn’t come down.”


Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Kalif, Hammer, Flash and Dimension
Yield: 3.9t/ha (1.55t/acre)


Crop: Peas
Variety: Standal
Area: 60ha (150 acres)
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)


Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Carat
Area: 69ha (170 acres)
Yield: 6.4-6.7t/ha (2.6-2.7t/acre)


Crop: Winter oats
Variety: Jalna
Yield: 6.4-6.7t/ha (2.6-2.7t/acre)



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