Combines have been starting to roll around Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, but rain today (24 July) has brought wheels to a halt again, according to Jonathan Booth.
He made a start on Suzuka winter barley yesterday at Ranby Hall, and was thrilled with the results. “It was fantastic – it did a good 4t/acre (9.9t/ha).”
Grown for seed, the 12ha (30 acres) of barley was yet to go over a weighbridge, but had certainly performed well.
Mr Booth had hoped to make a start on his 97ha (240 acres) of oilseed rape today, but was thwarted by heavy thunderstorms.
“It looks mixed – there are some good bits and some poor bits. If we average 30cwt (3.7t/ha) we’ll be quite pleased.”
The wheat also looked below par due to poor tillering during the droughty spring, he added.
Crop: Winter barley
Area: 12ha (30 acres)
Yield: >9.9t/ha (4t/acre)
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