Spring beans underway near Spalding

Edward Whitfield is combining Fuego spring beans today (1 September) at Gibbs Farm, Spalding, Lincolnshire, and is very pleased with yields.

“On the lighter land they were averaging 4.2t/ha (1.7t/acre), but we’ve just moved onto the better bodied land and they’re doing 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), which is very good.”

Wheat had been similarly variable, depending on soil type, he said. “It was very poor on light land, down as far as 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre) for Cordiale on gravel.

“But the group four hard wheats on better land did 11.1t/ha (4.5t/acre). Grafton was the star – it was easier to combine than the other varieties and made a beautiful sample.”

All bushelweights had been over 80kg/hl, with Cordiale at 85kg/hl. “It made the milling specification.”

Oilseed rape was not as good as Mr Whitfield had hoped, averaging 4.2t/ha (1.7t/acre). “It wasn’t too bad, for the year.”

After the beans, he had 30ha (75 acres) of linseed to cut. “One field, which we irrigated to get established, doesn’t look too bad – the other isn’t quite so good.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Cordiale, Humber, Welford, Grafton and Duxford
Yield: 3.7-11.1t/ha (1.5-4.5t/acre)

Crop: Spring beans
Variety: Fuego
Yield: 4.2-7.4t/ha (1.7-3t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Cabernet, PR46W21 and Astrid
Yield: 4.2t/ha (1.7t/acre)

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