Yields down near Southfleet

The combine is rolling through winter wheat at John Beslee’s Hook Green Farm, Southfleet, Kent, and yields are proving disappointing.

“It is not very good at all – we had a really dry time after a very cold winter, and our crops are going to be a lot lighter this year.”

So far he had cut 24ha (60 acres) of Cordiale. “Yields are probably 6.2-7.4t/ha (2.5-3t/acre) – certainly not more than 3t/acre.

“The sample isn’t very bold – the grain hasn’t filled out properly. I think that’s where the yield loss is from.”

Splendor oilseed rape, started about a week ago, had yielded between 2.7t/ha and 3.7t/ha (1.1-1.5t/acre).

“The lighter fields were ruined by pigeons – they grazed the crops right down.”

Mr Beslee now had 117ha (290 acres) of wheat to cut, along with 40ha (100 acres) of Tipple spring barley.

“The barley looks good – it tends to go behind our vegetable crops and does well on this farm – we haven’t had less than 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) in the past two or three years.

“It will be ready in a week.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Cordiale
Area: 24ha (60 acres)
Yield: 6.2-7.4t/ha (2.5-3t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Splendor
Area: 32ha (80 acres)
Yield: 2.7-3.7t/ha (1.1-1.5t/acre)

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