Surprisingly good wheat in North Kent

Kent farmer Robert Shove said things were going quite well for his wheat although yields were very variable.

Eighty hectares of Malacca yielded 7t/ha on the lighter land, and improved on the heavier land due to better water retention. He said the Malacca died off in May and so the yields were down on last year.

But Solstice yielded a “staggeringly amazing” 9.6t/ha as a first wheat, and 8t/ha as a second wheat. Quality of Solstice was very acceptable and the crop was “surprisingly good” considering the dry land in Kent, he said.

One hundred hectares of Claire is left to cut which he expects to finish by the end of next week (w/c 15 August).

  • Crop/Variety: Malacca winter wheat

  • Area: 50ha of own land plus 30ha of nearby land

  • Yield: 7t/ha

  • Quality: N/A


  • Crop/Variety: Claire winter wheat

  • Area: 220ha

  • Yield: 9.6t/ha, plus 8t/ha on second wheat

  • Quality: N/A


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