Zebedee winter wheat is yielding well at Alan Hind’s Elm Tree Farm

Zebedee winter wheat is yielding fantastically well at Alan Hind’s Elm Tree Farm, near Grantham, Lincs, averaging 11.7t/ha (4.75t/acre)

“We can’t believe it ourselves – that’s a tonne an acre more than I ever could have hoped,” he said. Combining of the second wheat only started yesterday (4 August), after some excellent rape and barley crops.

“Rape has always been a disappointment – this year it was completely the opposite,” said Mr Hind. The 80ha (200 acres) of Castille averaged 4.2t/ha (1.7t/acre), with the 134ha (330 acres) of Excel yielding about 4.6t/ha (1.85t/acre).

Saffron winter barley was also pleasing, at 9.1t/ha (3.7t/acre). “It just looks like a good corn year.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Zebedee
Yield: 11.7t/ha (4.75t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Saffron
Area: 121ha (300 acres)
Yield: 9.1t/ha (3.7t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Castille
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: 4.2t/ha (1.7t/acre)

Variety: Excel
Area: 134ha (330 acres)
Yield: 4.6t/ha (1.85t/acre)



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