Robert Law was struggling to combine flat oats at Thrift Farm, Royston, Herts, today (17 September).
“It’s just such slow going at the moment – it would almost be better to put a match to it,” he said. “It’s been absolutely horrendous.”
He still had 40ha (100 acres) of wheat, the same of oats, and 49ha (120 acres) of rye to cut. “It’s amazing how the wheat has borne up.”
Bushelweights had only dropped from 80kg/hl at their peak to 76kg/hl now, with Wizard weathering the rain particularly well.
“We have had some very good yields – spring barley was exceptional this year,” said Mr Law.
“Although it’s overcast, most of us will finish in the next few days around here.”
Crop: Winter barley
Area: 49ha (120 acres)
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 8.3t/ha (3.4t/acre)
Crop: Winter oats
Yield: 7-7.5t/ha (2.8-3t/acre)
Area: 53ha (130 acres)
Yield: 7-8t/ha (2.8-3.2t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Astrid and Castille
Area: 89ha (220 acres)
Yield: 2.5t/ha (1t/acre)
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