Waiting for the sun near Bracknell

Innes McEwan has almost finished harvest at Jealott’s Hill Farm, Bracknell, Berkshire, but hasn’t been able to combine for the past four days.

“We’ve only got 8ha (20 acres) left, which is a frustrating amount,” he said.

Gallant first wheat had been very good, yielding 9.4t/ha (3.75t/acre) with decent milling quality, but the feed wheats had been mixed.

“We had Oakley and Duxford – and the Duxford did well for the first time in four years, which is typical, because I’ve just ordered another variety to replace it.”

On heavy land, yields averaged about 10.3t/ha (4.2t/acre), but on lighter land they came in at 8.5-9t/ha (3.4-3.6t/acre).

Grandia oilseed rape did well, at up to 4.7t/ha (1.9t/acre), while Buddy performed less well, bringing the overall average down to 4t/ha (1.6t/acre) – slightly below the farm’s usual average, said Mr McEwan.

“We had our first run out with a new combine this year, so we got almost everything in in good time; and yields haven’t been as bad as expected, given the dry spring.

“If we get a dry spell over the weekend we’ll concentrate on getting the rape drilled.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Gallant
Yield: 9.4t/ha (3.75t/acre)

Varieties: Duxford and Oakley
Yield: 8.5-10.3t/ha (3.4-4.2t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Grandia and Buddy
Yield: 4t/ha (1.6t/acre)

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