Winter wheat yields hold up

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WITH more than half the Recommended List (RL) winter wheat trial results now in, it is clear yields have held up well across most of the country, away from shallow soils in the east, says HGCA. The first yields are now in from Scotland, averaging 11.1t/ha. However, national yields are still 7 per cent down…


Organic wheat yields from Tewkesbury hit all time highs

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Carl Gray of Grange Farm, Bredon, Tewkesbury, is celebrating all time high organic wheat yields, having yielded 7.3t/ha. (2.96t/acre) of Group 3 wheat, Invicta. The 12.5 ha field of Invicta was combined on 31st August using a John Deer 1177; and is the highest of any yields taken off the 120ha of organic cereals grown…


Soybeans Rise to Six-Month High After Heat Hurts U.S. Yields

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Soybean futures climbed to their highest level in more than six months in Chicago and corn also advanced on concern the effects of hot July weather in the largest U.S. growing states will reduce harvests. Soybeans for November delivery rose as much as 1.2 percent to $14.41 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade,…


Scots harvest slow – but yields looking good

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Weather conditions are making it a slow job. With only about 25 per cent of the crop cut, it looks as if most of the Scottish spring barley crop will now be combined in September. Traditionally England has been well ahead and this year it is now reckoned that half the UK spring barley acreage…


Neil Thomson impressed by Tipple spring barley yields

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As I write, not one cauliflower or head of broccoli has been cut. Cooler weather has delayed crop maturity by a fortnight, which is incredibly frustrating. The eastern European workforce are here and full of eagerness to get going, but bitter experience tells me not to start cutting too soon or yields suffer. So I…


Black Earth yields raise doubts over Russia grains

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Black Earth Farming heightened doubts over rosy expectations for Russia’s grain harvest by revealing "disappointing" yields, after dry weather which, for much of the season, "was tracking the drought conditions seen last year". Shares in the farm operator, which has a landbank of 326,000 hectares, an area bigger than Luxembourg or most English counties, tumbled…


It’s good news for corn, not-so-good news for soybeans

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IOWA – Corn yields are looking up while soybean yields are looking down, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report released Thursday, Aug. 11. Nationwide, corn production is forecast at 12.9 billion bushels – up 12.45 billion bushels, or 4 percent from 2010. “Based on conditions as of Aug. 1, yields are expected…


Wheat yields better than expected for Philip Bradshaw

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It may be age-related, but harvests seem to come round faster every year. As expected, yields are not breaking records, but are better than we might have thought given the severe spring drought. Oilseed rape is averaging 4.5t/ha, which is about normal, but much better than expected with our lack of rainfall. There were no…


Early UK wheat harvest shows below-average yields

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The UK wheat harvest, typically the European Union’s third biggest, has got off to a soft start, in yield terms – but will improve as it progresses if the results from other crops are a guide. Crop consultancy Adas said that yields from the first UK wheat cuts were "lower than the five-year average", of…


Initial oilseed rape yields are encouraging

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The winter barley harvest is almost completed, with the welcome sight of cleared fields and golden stubble dotted around the north east and the midlands. Yields have been in the region of 6.7-10.5t/ha at low moistures and good quality. The average was in the region of 8.6t/ha, which was satisfactory. Growers were happy with the…


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