Spring wheat left to combine in Cambridgeshire

Rain stopped the combines at Anthony Morbey’s Cole Ambrose Farm, Ely, Cambridgeshire, last night (September 2), leaving about three day’s work left to do.

Mr Morbey had finished his winter wheat, which had yielded about 1.9t/ha (0.75t/acre) below a normal year, and was well into his Belvoir spring wheat, which was yielding just 4.9t/ha (2t/acre).

“The wheat price has gone up enough to make that profitable,” he said.

The Nitouche peas had produced a disappointing 2.5t/ha (1t/acre) due to the poor growing season.

That left 73ha (180 acres) of spring wheat to finish off. “It’s all standing up straight but it’s not terribly thick. It should dry out relatively quickly and we’ll give it a try today.”

Crop: Peas
Variety: Nitouche
Yield: 2.5t/ha (1t/acre)

Crop: Spring wheat
Variety: Belvoir
Yield: 4.9t/ha (2t/acre)

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