Ready for wheat at Ickleton

Peter Wombwell hopes to start combining winter wheat at Rectory Farm, Ickleton, Essex, this afternoon (2 August), having finished peas and oilseed rape.

“The rapeseed was fantastic – it was a real surprise,” he said.

The 85ha (210 acres) of Cabernet and Excalibur averaged just below 4.9t/ha (2t/acre), with very little to pick between the varieties.

“That is way above our normal average – we’re very pleased. We subsoil drilled it and it had very long roots, so kept on getting the moisture.

“It took forever for the Roundup to kill it off – some of it was sprayed for three and a half weeks. But it had a good bold seed.”

Prophet peas were a more mixed bag, ranging from 2.5t/ha to 4.3t/ha (1-1.75t/acre).

“The sample is lovely – they are a good colour, so we are just going to wait for the price to rise – I think pulses will be tight this year.”

Having just tested some Xi19 winter wheat at 18.5% moisture, Mr Wombwell hoped to be combining that later today.

“The two bits I have walked look horrible, but I think they are the worst bits – the heavy land doesn’t look too bad.”

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Cabernet and Excalibur
Area: 85ha (210 acres)
Yield: <4.9t/ha (2t/acre)

Crop: Peas
Variety: Prophet
Area: 51ha (127 acres)
Yield: 2.5-4.3t/ha (1-1.75t/acre)

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