First wheat better than second

28 August 2001

First wheat better than second

EAST Yorkshire farmer Derek Lamplough, near Scarborough, started combining wheat last Saturday (18 August), but since has been interrupted by the rain.

“If it had been as good as the forecast said, we would have been OK, but it has been grey, damp and drizzly.”

He has combined about 30% of his wheat area. First wheat is doing better than second wheat. First crop Claire has yielded up to about 10t/ha (4t/acre), which is above the farm average of 9.3t/ha (3.75t/acre) for first wheat.

“I think we will still hit the average yield for first wheat, but will struggle with the second wheat.” One second crop of Madrigal, which he thinks had slug damage in the autumn, yielded about 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre). The farm average for second wheat is 8t/ha (3.25t/acre), so expects the second wheat to come to get worse.

“We normally expect second wheat to yield 0.5t/acre (1.25t/ha) below first wheat but this year it will be more like 1t/acre (2.5t/ha).”

Yields in the area he has heard of have been very varied. He has also heard of sprouting problems with Claire, but says, “Weve had no problems because ours is only just ready, when theirs was ready it got wet.”

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