Wheat and oats do well on Weald clay

13 August 2001

Wheat and oats do well on Weald clay

“WE need some sunshine,” says James Fuggle, who farms at Wadhurst in East Sussex.

The farm has combined oilseed rape, winter barley and winter oats and has made a start on winter wheat.

“Hereward has yielded in excess of 3t/acre. Its as good as ever. Weve been growing it for eight years and it has never let us down.” This is an average yield for the farm, which is based on Weald clay.

“It looks lovely. Its big and bold and looks full of protein.” They have been combining at 19% moisture. “the decision was made to combine the quality wheat. I will then be more relaxed about the feed wheat afterwards.”

Malacca has already yielded 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) on the farm.

“Oats has been a major success.” Jalna yielded 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), which is above the farm average of 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre). They were combined at 8% moisture.

Oilseed rape Madrigal yielded 2.5t/ha (1t/acre) and was very dry. Pearl winter barley was disappointing at 4.9t/ha (2t/acre).

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