Uncertain of wheat quality

15 August 2001

Uncertain of wheat quality

CLINTON DUNMORE started combing winter wheat on Saturday (11 August), at Souldrop in North Bedfordshire. “Weve been standing still for 10 days kicking our heels, waiting for the weather.”

He has combined 24ha (60 acres) of Malacca and Hereward. A third-crop Malacca yielded 8t/ha (3.4t/acre) and a first-crop Hereward 9.9t/ha (4t/acre). He says the five-year average for the farm varies, but is about 9.5t/ha (3.85t/acre). The average this year will not reach that figure.

He is also worried about quality. “The wheat has stood well. Its OK at this stage, but we dont need any more rain.” He started combining at 18% moisture and it has fallen to 16.2%, but he says he does not mind drying it if the quality remains. The farm has heavy warp soil.

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