Record wheat crop for North East grower

Harvest has been rained off at Corpselanding Holme Farm, Hutton Cranswick, Yorkshire, but Richard Wilkinson is celebrating a record wheat crop.

“We cut our first field of wheat on Wednesday (24 August), and it came off at 14.88t/ha (6.02t/acre) dried weight.”

The Viscount was sown in mid-September, the first cereal after at least 25 years of grass.

“That’s obviously where the fertility has come from – we analysed the soil and it only needed 45kg/ha of inorganic nitrogen after farmyard manure.

“It’s looked good all year – it’s our best field of wheat by a mile.”

The other first wheats looked well, and would probably yield about 11.1t/ha (4.5t/acre), said Mr Wilkinson.

“But the second wheats aren’t great, and will do 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre) at best.”

Pearl winter barley yielded about average at 7.9t/ha (3.2t/acre), and tested at 1.9% nitrogen off the field.

“We sent it for malting but it tested at 2.02% on arrival, so it was rejected and went for feed instead.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Viscount
Area: 6.5ha (16.1 acres)
Yield: 14.88t/ha (6.02t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Pearl
Area: 8ha (20 acres)
Yield: 7.9t/ha (3.5t/acre)

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