Wheat yields below average, says HGCA

Wheat yields are 9% below average, according to provisional trial results from the HGCA.

Latest figures to 27 August put the average yield in trials at 9.35t/ha (3.78t/acre), with the West of England performing better than the East.

Generally, yields in the East averaged 9.6t/ha (3.9t/acre) against 10.4t/ha (4.2t/acre) in the West, said recommended list manager Simon Oxley.

“However, averages don’t tell the whole story. In the East, yields show greater extremes, with highest and lowest yields coming from the East sites.

“We had the best yields after peas on heavy soil from Kent at 13.4t/ha (5.4t/acre), with the lowest yield of 6.9t/ha (2.8t/acre) coming from a second wheat site on light soils in Suffolk.”

Further west, yields were less variable, ranging from 9.6t to 11.1t/ha (3.9-4.5t/acre).

But across the country, first wheats on heavy land had fared the best, with second wheats on light soils worst affected by the spring drought.

“We don’t have any results from the North, and recent rains are likely to delay harvest further.”

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