Wheat under water in Yorkshire

Wheat crops are under water at Phil Dowson’s High House Farm, Richmond, Yorks, but are still standing and looking reasonable.

“Today (20 August) is the first dry day we’ve had in a couple of weeks,” he said. “We’ve had a hell of a lot of rain and in some cases the wheat is literally under water.

“Travelling on the land is going to be a problem.”

Mr Dowson had 53ha (130 acres) of Alchemy, Gladiator and Zebedee to combine, and hoped to be into it next week.

He had finished the oilseed rape, which yielded slightly below average at 4.1t/ha (1.7t/acre).

The Lioness did better than the Excalibur, which went a bit flat, with the Lioness averaging 46% oil content.

Crop: Oilseed rape
Area: 12ha (30 acres)
Varieties: Excalibur and Lioness
Yield: 4.1t/ha (3.7t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Area: 53ha (130 acres)
Varieties: Alchemy, Gladiator and Zebedee


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