Harvest and yields at Driffield Monitor Farm, Sept 2016

Just a few thoughts on harvest and yields… Spring barley was the stand out crop for us this year. The field that was ploughed and drilled direct with our cultivator drill yielded better than the direct drilled after cover crops but it was drilled 10 days earlier.

I was surprised the direct drilled field travelled better with the combine, was drier and more friable on the surface when we drilled the oilseed rape. This did delay emergence of the rape due to lack of moisture.

We have been drilling first wheats starting with Revelation as it is always last to harvest. This followed oilseed rape, then we drilled Conversion on the vining pea stubbles and lastly today we drilled a new variety to us, Graham,on the winter bean stubble. As it was new seed we only drilled 127 kg per hectare into a good seedbed, following one pass with the trio and then rolled before drilling. I did work two small heavy areas with the drill to create a bit more tilth before drilling the whole field.

We now need some rain to create even emergence. I  am hoping Saturday should see rain down the East coast of Yorkshire.

Both the fields destined for second wheat are ready to drill, worked down awaiting a dose of glyphosate to kill any volunteers and black-grass that emerge.



Philip Meadley farms 250ha near Driffield, approximately four miles from the North Sea coast. In a four-way family partnership, he grows milling wheat, oilseed rape, peas and barley. Phil is particularly interested in soil health, reducing fuel usage, addressing mycotoxins and looking at his whole approach to cultivations. http://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/driffield

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