Thursday, 7 October 2010

Cropping update

Weather cool but dry.
Harvesting of sunflowers, maize and soya continues. The harvest is much further ahead than this time last year as the high summer temperatures caused many crops to senesce much earlier than normal.

As a result expect to see much lower yields particularly maize and soya; deep rooted sunflowers appear to have fared much better.

Sowing of winter wheat still progressing. Rain over most parts has gone some way to replenishing soil moisture which will help with germination and development.

Oilseed rape is variable. Crops which had some rain in early September are starting to look reasonable although smaller than you would like. Crops that missed the earlier rain are patchy and small. If we get a couple of good growing weeks then they might get big enough for the winter.