Steaming ahead near Windsor

Colin Rayner is getting on extremely well with harvest at Berkyn Manor Farm, Windsor, Berkshire, with his wheat harvest nearly finished.

Winter wheat had performed well, considering the wet start to the year, with 365ha of Claire, Diego and Cocoon averaging 9.5t/ha.

“The wheat’s performed well in difficult conditions, although we lost about 0.2ha in each field due to flooding,” said Mr Rayner.

“The crops drilled early and in dry conditions were the ones that survived.”

Bushel weights were good, with the crop coming off of the field around 15.5% moisture, he added. “We only had to dry the headlands, which were very green in places.”

Spring beans and oilseed rape were still in the ground and due to be sprayed off today (21 August).

But drilling of next year’s Vision winter oilseed rape was underway, and Mr Rayner was generally pleased with progress.
“It’s been a nice run this year with some really good weeks,” he said. “The chaps are working hard and we’re a good couple of weeks ahead.”


Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Claire, Diego and Cocoon
Area: 365ha
Yield: 9.5t/ha

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