Wheats surprise near Brandsby

Wheat yields have been surprisingly good at High Farm, Brandsby, Yorkshire, where Keith Snowball is waiting to combine spring barley and beans.

“Some pockets have done very well, while others have been a bit poor,” he said. “But on the whole wheat’s yielded very well – it won’t be far off 10t/ha (4t/acre) on average.

“Second wheats have been almost on a par with first wheats – even on less than ideal wheat land, yields have been good.”

Gallant had done particularly well, with one 4.5ha (11-acre) field yielding 11.1t/ha (4.5t/acre).

“When the rain came in June we were on a knife-edge, and fortunately the balance fell to our advantage.”

Spring barley had yielded between 5t and 7t/ha (2-2.8t/acre), with most of the Tipple and Westminster making the malting grade, he added.

“I cut some winter beans for a customer yesterday (8 September) which came off at 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre).

“The only disappointment was the oats, which had some low bushelweights, particularly the newer varieties like Mascani.

“Dalguise fell over and sprouted – but good old Gerald did the job again.

“Overall, they probably averaged 7.4-8.6t/ha (3-3.5t/acre), and I had some spring oats which did 10t/ha (4t/acre) over a weighbridge, which was fantastic.”

Most people had finished combining wheat in the area, but there was a lot still to cut on the Yorkshire Wolds and further north, he added.

Crop: Winter oats
Varieties: Dalguise, Mascani and Gerald
Yield: 7.4-8.6t/ha (3-3.5t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Gallant, Solstice, and feed varieties
Yield: <10t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Tipple, Westminster and Waggon
Yield: 5-7t/ha (2-2.8t/acre)

Crop: Winter beans
Yield: 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Fashion and Catana
Yield: <5t/ha (2t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Varieties: Pearl and Carat
Yield: 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre)

Variety: Volume
Yield: <7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

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