Harvest 2019

Digger73

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Fenland
Might be just under a ton to the acre. Enough to leave a margin but won't make me rich. Easier than worrying about growing expensive rape crops which then leave little or no margin. Not much trash left behind straight in with the drill towards the end of next week with wheat.
 

Digger73

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Fenland
Cut 25 acres on thursday moisture started at about twenty dropped down to about 17.5/18 would have finished the last field as well apart from a small break down with combine. Last 15 acres cleared today we were lucky and only caught light rain last night. l had looked at the forecast and was going to wait for Saturday which was supposed to be dry here but thought sod it if they will go through the combine 20 moisture on and off spots of rain finished at 2.30 this afternoon chucked it down between 3 and 5. Glad its done not the fault of the crop they were ready to cut two weeks ago. Nice to see how they were standing up to the weather and a late harvest doesn't bother me as much now the pods even today were still quite rubbery and didn't split even with contact from the reel. We had to tighten the drum right up to get enough rubbing to break the pod. Second year growing for us and have decided to grow again next year.
 

MX7

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Location
cotswolds
Cut 25 acres on thursday moisture started at about twenty dropped down to about 17.5/18 would have finished the last field as well apart from a small break down with combine. Last 15 acres cleared today we were lucky and only caught light rain last night. l had looked at the forecast and was going to wait for Saturday which was supposed to be dry here but thought sod it if they will go through the combine 20 moisture on and off spots of rain finished at 2.30 this afternoon chucked it down between 3 and 5. Glad its done not the fault of the crop they were ready to cut two weeks ago. Nice to see how they were standing up to the weather and a late harvest doesn't bother me as much now the pods even today were still quite rubbery and didn't split even with contact from the reel. We had to tighten the drum right up to get enough rubbing to break the pod. Second year growing for us and have decided to grow again next year.
Great to hear that ,so do you think Soya in the East and far South counties has a viable economic future?
It will be good news if it is a viable crop.
 

Digger73

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Fenland
Possibly especially now that growing rape has become so hit and miss. We are taking it year by year at the moment but we are learning to grow the crop. It won't suit everyone our blackland near Peterborough means we don't worry about spring seedbeds in May or have problems not being able to drill following crops after a late harvest like this year. The uk is already supplied with imports now and this isn't going to change with brexit. Soya uk gets a premium now because its gm free soya and this is what needs protecting.
 
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Hindsight

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Lincolnshire
Possibly especially now that growing rape has become so hit and miss. We are taking it year by year at the moment but we are learning to grow the crop. It won't suit everyone our blackland near Peterborough means we don't worry about spring seedbeds in May or have problems not being able to drill following crops after a late harvest like this year. The uk is already supplied with imports now and this isn't going to change with brexit. Soya uk gets a premium now because its gm free soya and this is what needs protecting.
Hi, did you apply Diquat to desiccate? And if so what are your thoughts about lack of diquat future years? Glphphoste I presume although not a true desiccant. Or just leave to harvest naturally.
 

Brisel

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Dorset
What is the market for UK soya? There isn't a heat treatment plant here so it's inclusion in non GM feed rations will have to be very low.
 

Digger73

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Fenland
Yes we have used diquat this year. I think some trial work has been done with other products but don't know how they have worked out. Roundup hasn't been used up to now to avoid any potential residue issues and i personally think it would be a backward step to start using it now especially with the chance we could lose it in the near future and still be left looking for something else. The soya does ripen very well naturally the dessicant is more for dealing with weeds at harvest which can be an issue on blackland with crops with open canopys like peas/beans etc. I have even thought of growing soya on wide rows and inter row hoeing right up to harvest knowing how tough the pods are.
 

Cowcorn

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Harvest finally finished today at 8 o clock when i unloaded the last tank of spring rape. Cut the beans yesterday and now i have to dry them. The rape will need drying too ,on thw bright side it should dry down to a dried ton an acre. Christ im tired of growing to many different crops . If it ever dries up and i get drilling i will grow winter wheat and spring barley . Oh then i forgot there is still the maize to cut, the contractor has that gig thank god .
 

Bogweevil

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Although may be true ,it is a good job some growers are a willing to try some crops relatively new to the uk.
I wander if plant breeders will be able to develop a "Navy Bean"(Baked Bean) that will be suitable for the unpredictable uk climate.
Millennial bean’ could give UK a new home-grown plant protein
A new bean variety which could become the UK’s next commercial plant-protein crop has been harvested from a large scale field trial with a combine harvester for the first time this week.
The new white haricot bean variety has been bred by researchers at the University of Warwick’s Crop Centre in Wellesbourne, and was registered for National Listing in 2018 as ‘Capulet.’
 
Millennial bean’ could give UK a new home-grown plant protein
A new bean variety which could become the UK’s next commercial plant-protein crop has been harvested from a large scale field trial with a combine harvester for the first time this week.
The new white haricot bean variety has been bred by researchers at the University of Warwick’s Crop Centre in Wellesbourne, and was registered for National Listing in 2018 as ‘Capulet.’
I remember going to PGRO 30 years ago and they thought they’d cracked how to grow Navy beans in the UK then.
What happened to them?
 

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