Stephen Horn is three-quarters of the way through his spring barley at Bushy Down Farm, Droxford, Hants, and is very pleased with the results.
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“It’s doing exceptionally well – it’s a lovely sample,” he said. The 121ha (300 acres) of Quench and Tipple was yielding more than 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) at 1.36-1.56% nitrogen.
“We’ve got another two days’ cutting but I can’t remember the last time we had two dry days back-to-back.”
Mr Horn’s Castille and Excel oilseed rape was disappointing, at a below-average yield of 3.6t/ha (1.5t/acre).
He now had 100ha (250 acres) of Prophet peas to cut after the spring barley. “They have looked absolutely staggering all year but they are now suffering.”
After that would come the Einstein and Claire winter wheat, which was ready to cut. “We just need a nice run of dry weather and the sooner the better. We have installed a new grain plant this year and thank goodness we have.”
Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Tipple and Quench
Area: 121ha (300 acres)
Yield: >7.4t/ha (3t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Castille and Excel
Area: 142ha (350 acres)
Yield: 3.6t/ha (1.5t/acre)
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Einstein and Claire
Area: 260ha (640 acres)
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high