Wheat harvest finished in Cambs

Cambridgeshire farmer Stephen Ellerbeck is “reasonably satisfied” with his 200ha of winter wheat in Huntingdon. He said the crop looked good but the very hot July has taken the edge off the yield.

Second wheat Cordiale coped with the heat, he said, and yielded 10t/ha. First wheat Solstice yielded just over 10t/ha. He said Malacca was of good quality with reasonable Hagbergs and very high protein, but not a tremendous yield. Bushel weights averaged 77kg/hl this year compared to 79-80kg/hl normally.

Next season he plans to grow Malacca and Solstice as first wheats, plus Einstein and Cordiale as second wheats.

He was worried about prices as millers are reluctant to buy quantities of milling wheat, he said. With high input costs, Mr Ellerbeck is relieved crops yielded well this year – anything below 9.75t/ha would have been disappointing.

Castille and Lioness oilseed rape was easy to combine and yielded 4t/ha.

  • Crop/Variety: Cordiale and Solstice winter wheat

  • Area: 200ha wheat in total

  • Yield: 10t/ha

  • Quality: N/A


  • Crop/Variety: Malacca winter wheat

  • Area: 200ha wheat in total

  • Yield: N/A

  • Quality: Hagberg reasonable, Very high protein, Bushel weight 77kg/hl


  • Crop/Variety: Castille and Lioness oilseed rape

  • Area: 48ha

  • Yield: 4t/ha

  • Quality: N/A


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