Wheat is fit and ready to cut at Ed Walker’s Asthall Farm

Wheat is fit and ready to cut at Ed Walker’s Asthall Farm, Burford, Oxon, and all the rape and winter barley is in the barn or already moved.


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“We’re just waiting for it to dry up,” he said. “The straw is beginning to turn a bit black but the grain doesn’t look too bad.”

Although some of the Claire, Cordiale and Sahara had lodged, it generally looked well, and tested at 24% moisture on Monday (11 August).

Mr Walker’s 80ha (200 acres) of Sequel, Retriever and Suzuka winter barley disappointed at just below 7.4t/ha (3t/acre). “It didn’t yield as well as it should have done.”

But the Catana and Excalibur oilseed rape came in about average, at 3.5t/ha (1.4t/acre).

Crop: Winter barley
Varieties: Sequel, Retriever and Suzuka
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: <7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Catana and Excalibur
Area: 101ha (250 acres)
Yield: 3.5t/ha (1.4t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Claire, Cordiale and Sahara
Area: 162ha (400 acres)



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