10 September 2001
Short on wheat
HAMPSHIRE Grain is going to have less wheat than initially predicted according to Mike Clay.
“The area drilled was definitely less, so we made sure we would get the normal area, but are still down on tonnage, which suggests that yields are down. I would estimate that they are 0.25-0.5t/acre down.
“The early drilled and light land corps have done ok, but late drilled and heavier land has suffered throughout he winter.”
Wheat quality has been OK. “There has not been much deterioration in quality, but we have not had the highest quality, so the deterioration would not be as great.
“The bushel is a couple of points down on average but it shouldnt be a problem.”
Spring barley has shown deterioration in quality with higher nitrogen and pre-germination. He estimates 80% of the crop is good quality.
Beans are averaging up to 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre), which is below the 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre) average. “Spring oilseed rape is averaging 10-15cwt/acre, but the crop is not normally grown and Id not expected more.”
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