14 August 2001
Static performs well in Devon
FARMER and contractor Phil Walters has combined some Static feed spring barley at Broadclyst near Exeter.
It has yielded 7.9-8.2t/ha (3.2-3.3t/acre), which is above the target yield of 6.4-6.9t/ha (2.6-2.8t/acre). The farm does not usually grow spring barley on the red sandy loam soil. “We were forced into it, as we only got 36 acres of wheat drilled due to poor drilling conditions.”
The specific weight was pleasing, between 65-68kg/hl. There were problems combining, “the grains were not de-awning at all, and where they are they are beginning to strip the grains.”
He hopes to start on Optic malting barley at lunchtime today, grown for malting on black blow-away soil.
Out of 15ha (36 acres) of Claire and Genghis wheat, 11ha (28 acres) have been foraged by a neighbour for a dairy herd. He hopes to start contracting other farms in the next two days.
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