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UK farmers achieve best harvesting week in years

"Near-perfect" weather helped UK farmers achieve their best week for cereal harvesting since at least 2008, reaping nearly half their winter wheat, for which yields have recovered by some 14% from last year.

Growers reaped 1.3m hectares of combinable crops in the week to Tuesday, "the highest rate of clearance in a single week for at least the last five years", crop consultancy Adas said.

The extent of the area cleared - bigger than Qatar, or than the combined area of North Yorkshire, the biggest UK county, and Somerset – reflected a period "when near-perfected harvest weather coincided with peak crop maturity".

During the week, farmers combined 40% of their huge spring barley area, and 45% of winter wheat – enough to take the pace of harvest above five-year average levels despite a start delayed by slow crop development after a  cold spring.

'Yielded well'

The results of the harvest, now some 80% complete overall, show yields above average levels for spring crops and for winter barley, for which the Adas pegged the final yield at 6.9 tonnes per hectare, up 8% on last year's result, which matched the average of 6.4 tonnes per hectare.

"Winter barley crops have yielded well this year, and often better than many had expected," Adas said.

For spring barley, the average yield so far is about 5.5-5.7 tonnes per hectare, a rise of 10% or more from last year, with quality broadly good too.

"The majority of regions are reporting yields to be at or slightly above average, with some bigger increases reported in the South East, Eastern and Yorkshire and Humber regions."

Better quality

For winter wheat, the most important UK grains crop, the yield is coming in at 7.6-7.7 tonnes per hectare, a result in line with average levels, and up 14% on last year's result, which was affected by relentless rain.

On an area of a little over 1.6m hectares, curtailed by dismally wet autumn planting conditions, that implies a crop of roughly 12.4m tonnes, well above expectations of 11.5m tonnes or less in the spring.

Furthermore, in contrast to last year "good weather over the last week and few harvest delays meant that milling wheat varieties maintained their quality", Adas said.

Hagberg falling numbers, a measure of the sprouting which is encouraged by harvest rains, and which reduces milling quality, remain "above 300 seconds for bread-making varieties, and averaging 294 seconds with group 2 and 3 wheats included".

Rapeseed results

Winter rapeseed bucked the trend of improving yields, coming in at a five-year low of 3.3 tonnes per hectare, below the average of 3.5 tonnes per hectare.

"Earlier-drilled crops have tended to yield better than the later-drilled crops.

"Many crops suffered from water logging and excessive pigeon damage this year, with many bare patches and weed competition that led to a reduction in yield."

However, the quality of the crop "is relatively good, with no reports of red seed in the samples", easing concerns of crushers such as Archer Daniels Midland, and with oil contents "generally good", at 42-48%.

Early yield results from the spring rapeseed harvest, at 2.3 tonnes per hectare, are above the average of 2.0 tonnes per hectare.

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Farmers were out in force during our walk. Harvesting definitely made the week more interesting.

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Great East Yorkshire Pubs: Wolds Inn, Huggate

Great East Yorkshire Pubs: Wolds Inn, Huggate | Yorkshire Wolds Way | Scoop.it
Can you remember the first pub you were drunk in? A very famous East Yorkshire-based artist certainly can.  Some 13 miles north-west of Beverley lies Huggate. Surrounded by picturesque steep-sided ...
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We ate in The Wolds Inn, Huggate. They served very welcome beers and g&t alongside enormous plates of food. My veggie sausages and mash were just the thing for a tired walker.

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Rebellion of 1536 inspires new trail - Yorkshire Post

Rebellion of 1536 inspires new trail - Yorkshire Post | Yorkshire Wolds Way | Scoop.it
Rebellion of 1536 inspires new trail
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Its story has been the inspiration for a new eight-and-a-half mile walking trail, being launched on Sunday September 15, as part of the Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors festival.
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Les arbres sont violets comme la campagne | David Hockney RA, Royal Academy, London

Les arbres sont violets comme la campagne | David Hockney RA, Royal Academy, London | Yorkshire Wolds Way | Scoop.it

Strolling through Bond Street with Lana del Rey whispering her mellow melodies in my ears, I decidedly aim at the Royal Academy. Hockney it will be this afternoon. Already missed his iPad pieces in Paris, no way I am waiting longer to admire his bigger pictures, as the exhibition title says


As I elbow my way through the zillion people who are trying to purchase the catalogue, I finally manage to enter. Surprisingly, few people. This is what I love at the RA - it is so big that it takes a lot to fill it completely. The first room is green, green, green. Thixendale Trees it is, apparently


The exhibition's intro on the wall aims at setting the scene. Hockney RA, another Geordie painting Geordie woods. Why not? He does, and has done, much more than that, and I regret that some of his masterpieces, like the portrait of his parents for instance, have not found their way into the exhibition. One cannot turn left as the curators decided to erect a barrier on the left - can someone please tell me who has given them the right to decide which way I want to go?


Back to the Thixendale Trees. Colours are bright. I particularly prefer the Summer, green and orange. Some references spring to mind here already. Monet, for the paintings in series, and the same landscape under different conditions. Hopper for the clean brush and stylised objects. O'Keeffe for the vivid colours and the topics painted. No trace of the YBAs, on the walls or in the explanations


As I cannot go straight either, I turn right. The 60s paintings, much darker in colours, look like some old boards advertising paid holidays and democratic cruise tours. His later - 80s - vision of Mullholand Drive is more than colourful. Could be Kahlo or Rivera. Getting closer I realise it is a photo! Scam, trap, theft. What is the point? Would rather buy the catalogue then... Kerby was painted after Hogarth, says the title, in 1975. I find much more in it, some elements belonging to De Chirico's vocabulary, as well as the composition of Chagall in his early years. La route vers le paradis, ou celle vers Vitebsk. Before the fight with Malevitch, like Kerby was painted by Hockney before the fall out with Hirst


Collages, more canyons, more vivid colours, I breathe the American West Coast culture depicted by a Brit. And it smells good


Next room, for the first time in almost 50 years, Hockney paints his native Yorkshire. His friend Silver's Salt Mills looks like a Palladian villa, or a palace in Cintra. Lots of Geordies in the room try to locate precisely where these landscapes are. Boring, what a drag! The country landscape echoes the representation of Dutch polders by Mondrian. The lack of perspective is fauvesque. The colours too


Dense displays of Yorkshire landscapes in oil and watercolour in the next room. The watercolours, as one would expect, are dull in colour. Great technique but dull


In the next few rooms, the curators have shown series: Yorkshire tunnel, Woldgate Woods - magnificent in the seven paintings exhibited here -, Hawthorn blossom, totems and trees - in particular the bright, orange and purple Winter Timber which serves as advertisement for this exhibition. And on my RA Friend card....


The Arrival of Spring is striking me in the next room, the biggest of all. One work made up of a 32-canvas painting and 51 prints, all drawn from iPad sketches. Hockney, painter 3.0. When I think I can hardly publish my posts on mine... C'est decidé, demain, je me mets à la peinture sur iPad. The succession of prints with dates has un petit quelque chose de Sophie Calle. Except there is no mention of brief encounters and massive break-ups


The analysis of Lorrain's the Sermon on the Mount is interesting, but in my view does not do justice to Hockney's mastery of portraits. After 90 minutes of plain and solid landscapes, the 17th century scenery almost seems anachronic. The rather big champagne cork - the Mount - reminds me it is almost time for aperitivo - and drives my thoughts away from sublime Hockney


The last rooms are all about film, sketchbooks, iPad drawings and prints. Beautiful but creates less of the fantasy of the other works


As I exit to quench my sudden envy of aperitivo and direct my dreaming steps towards the neighbouring Arts Club, I cannot help two recurring but very different thoughts. I finally understand what film I have been thinking about during the whole exhibition. The Draughtman's Contract, my favourite film by my favourite film director, Peter Greenaway. Dont know why, but this exhibition is the contemporary version of the adventures of Mr Neville at the Herbert house


But more importantly: what app is he using to draw, for God's sake? If you know the answer, please post a reply...


David Hockney RA: A bigger picture

Royal Academy, London, until 9 April 2012

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Wolds wind farm objectors set for new battle at public inquiry - Yorkshire Post

Wolds wind farm objectors set for new battle at public inquiry - Yorkshire Post | Yorkshire Wolds Way | Scoop.it
Yorkshire Post Wolds wind farm objectors set for new battle at public inquiry Yorkshire Post Campaigners fighting plans for a wind farm on a prominent site on the Yorkshire Wolds have begun drawing up their case against the turbines after being...
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Windmills were a regular and rather photogenic feature of our walk across the Yorkshire Wolds.

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