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Early harvest gives better than expected results from combinable crops

August 1, 2017 by  
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Growers are reporting better than expected yields and quality from barley and rape crops as a start-stop harvest moves into full swing.

Combines rolled into crops up to a fortnight earlier than usual across hot and dry eastern counties – although they remained parked up in northern and western regions where weather conditions have been cooler and wetter.

Oilseed rape was yielding a reasonable 4-4.5t/ha at Overbury Farm, near Tewkesbury, north Gloucestershire. “We are very pleased with the way it is yielding,” said farm manager Jake Freestone. The crop was coming in very dry, he added.

But wet weather from mid-July onwards, including some heavy downpours, turned harvest into a stop-go affair for many. Some crops stood up well to torrential rain across much the region but other cereal crops lodged.

Barley

South Lincolnshire grower Tim Beaver started combining winter barley Venture on 14 July. Yields were in line with the five-year average and the quality looked good – a nice surprise given the growing season, said Mr Beaver.

Harvest results from AHDB 2017 Recommended Lists trials will be available over the next few weeks. They will include regular updates of yields from current Recommended Lists varieties, and also new candidate varieties.

“Average yields show how varieties have performed across the UK, while five-year averages give a better measure of a variety’s performance over time,” says Jenna Watts, senior scientist for AHDB crop production systems.

Weather patterns

This year, a new harvest results service by Syngenta aims to map how different varieties have performed under the different climatic conditions – a factor that may become a bigger influence as weather patterns are predicted to increasingly shift to greater extremes.

The simple online Syngenta Harvest Yield Map 2017 will collate growers’ reported results into a UK wide resource of variety performance trends by region, with detail down to postcode area, explained Syngenta spokewoman Cat Gray.

“Growers have experienced a huge north-south divide in climatic conditions this year. The Harvest Yield Map will help to indicate how different varieties have coped with the variable conditions, and an indication for future cropping options to consider.”

The Harvest Yield Map 2017 is at www.syngenta.co.uk/harvest-yield-map

 

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