14 August 2001
Variable wheat emerging
THE Somerset region is seeing variable a wheat crop in the early part of the harvest.
Ted Bird, of Cannington Grain says farmers have only just started wheat after some poor weather conditions this week.
“Weve had to reject two trailer loads on protein and bushel weights. Weve seen some poor quality milling wheat.” In the area most farmers grow for feed. The specific weights have been about 72 kg/hl, which is good enough for feed.
Moisture has been between 17-19%, reflecting the poor conditions this week.
A handful of farmers have started peas. In the area there are some odd bits of winter barley and oilseed rape.
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