Reasonable start to Kent rape

At the start of harvesting moisture contents were at about 14%, but with drier weather recently, that figure has now dropped to 9%.

He estimates that he’s getting 2.97 t/ha (1.2 t/acre).

“It’s not fantastic because of the dry autumn. In September and October the crop looked very pathetic, but it’s now looking a lot better.”

Mr Burke still has another 160ha (400 acres) of Winner and Caracas oilseed rape to harvest, but he is being forced to wait because the crop isn’t quite ready.

Due to the recent wet weather Mr Burke decided not desiccate too much of the rape.

“Parts of the Winner oilseed rape are still green.”

Many parts of Kent received heavy storms on Saturday (July 17) afternoon, causing some damage to crops.

“One 40 acre (16 ha) field experienced some shattering, but otherwise we weren’t hit too hard by it,” said Mr Burke.

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