Wheat harvest ends in Bedfordshire

The wheat “did OK” said Clinton Dunmore of Souldrop, north Bedfordshire. His 100ha (250acres) of Hereward yielded 8.75 t/ha (3.5 t/acre), with 14.5% protein and 270 Hagberg.

A similar area of Solstice produced the same yield, but with lower protein at 13% and a good Hagberg.

Beans in the area were producing “appalling” samples, reaching only 1.25t/ha (0.5 t/acre). Many crops had been hit by chocolate spot, encouraged by rain and floods.

His decision to delay spraying appeared to have paid off as he caught the diseases when the wet weather came.“It was more luck than judgement,” he said.

Mr Dunmore expected average yields to be down by 1.25t/ha (0.5t/acre) – the crop was still a few days away.

With the wheat finished Mr Dunmore was preparing to start ploughing.  “We’re well forward with prices up.”

• Crop: Winter wheat
o Variety: Hereward
o Area: 100 ha (250acres)
o Yield: 8.75 t/ha (3.5 t/acre)
o Protein: 14.5%
o Hagberg: 270

o Variety: Solstice
o Area: 100 ha (250acres)
o Yield: 8.75 t/ha (3.5 t/acre)
o Protein: 13%
o Hagberg: “good”

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