Meurig Raymond in Haverfordwest, Wales, said sea mist means they have only been able to combine for two days in the past seven, although progress has resumed again today (August 31).
Yields are down on last year with thin soils struggling most, due to lack of moisture in June and July, he said. Crops are only just managing to reach 10t/ha this year, when they were doing 11.25t/ha last year.
Mr Raymond said Access has performed the worst, at under 10t/ha this year compared to 12.5t/ha last year. “It just ran out of moisture.”
But he said bushel weights were good at 75 – 76kg/hl, and the sample was of good quality.
Harvest is “well ahead” of last year and with 100ha left to combine he expects to have finished by the weekend (Sep 3 /4).
- Crop/Variety: Claire, Robigus and Access winter wheat
- Area: 100ha combined of 200ha
- Yield: 10t/ha
- Quality: Bushel weight 75 – 76kg/hl