The weather may be a problem for AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Arable Monitor farmer Alistair Hodge – but harvest is still going well at A&J Farm

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The weather may be a problem for AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Arable Monitor farmer Alistair Hodge – but harvest is still going well at A&J Farm

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30 August 2012

 

 

“So much for sowing the rape before harvesting last year’s - again the weather put a spanner in the works, but we have managed to cut the oilseed rape with disappointing yields averaging 3 ton/ha a long way back on last year of 5.2 ton/ha - if you take the last two years average you get  4.1 ton/ha.

“Most of the oilseed rape is now sown (Compass mainly but some Cracker where there is a known clubroot problem) so hopefully we can control the slug numbers and get a good even establishment, there certainly is no concern over lack of moisture.

“The wet summer has shown up all the areas on the farm needing drainage repairs. So we have spent a couple of days on repairs and can now see a good few more days being spent on this through the winter.

“Hopefully if the weather behaves we will get into cutting wheat soon, it definitely won’t be a record breaking year yield wise - we will have to wait and see when we get into it.”

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