23 August 2001
Wheat quality variable
AS the wheat harvest progresses, Philip Darke of Camgrain is reporting variable wheat quality and yields.
Malacca yields are varied from 4.9-11t/ha (2-2.4t/acre), with light land doing better. Quality is holding up well. Specific weight is 75kg/hl, with protein 13% and good Hagbergs.
Hereward quality is questionable. While protein and specific weights are ok, the Hagberg has fallen to between 160-275.
There are also quality concerns about biscuit wheat, with Hagbergs dropping to 150 and some as low as 110. “The quality has drifted on the soft wheat.” Yields are variable between 6.2-10.4t/ha (2.5-4.2t/acre).
Spring barley is yielding between 4.9-7.4t/ha (2-3t/acre). These are average yields and the quality is generally good.
“A lot of the crop is barely fit and being combined to stop pre-germination. Rains falling on fully fit crops are beginning to make them germinate. Weve had a few failures on this.”
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