For the second year in a row, DK Expansion has done Tim Barrell proud at Elm Farm, Shipdham in Norfolk. While still to be put over the weighbridge, his combine records show an average of 5.4t/ha across the 43ha he grew in an area badly affected by flea beetle where many crops sown at the same early September timing struggled to deliver half this.
As such it is on course to beat the record 4.9t/ha the family brought in from 35ha of the variety in 2019. And this despite later sowing than Tim would have liked - courtesy of a late spring barley harvest; weather-delayed top dressing; and, the spring drought.
“The crop only really started to show its promise as in moved rapidly into flowering,” he explains. “From there on it went from strength to strength, podding-up deeply and standing strongly through to harvest, producing well-filled pods with minimal shattering.
“I’m always cautious about yields until we’ve moved the crop over the weighbridge. But I’m quietly confident we’re on course for another farm OSR record. This is particularly satisfying in such a challenging season and with one field on the gravel letting us down badly in the drought.
“This shows we have the potential to push performance still further, which we’re looking to do with the 40ha of
DK Expectation we have planned for planting this autumn.”
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