Nick Davidson has finished harvest at Clola Farms, Milton of Clola, Aberdeenshire, and is unexpectedly pleased with this year’s results.

“We finished about a week ago and it’s been a complete contrast to last year,” he said.

“Considering the flooding and then the snow we had, we never expected to achieve such good performance all round.”

The 16ha of Riband winter wheat reached close to 9.9t/ha, although Mr Davidson was still awaiting weighbridge confirmation. 

“The quality’s been fantastic,” he said. “Bushel weights were between 76-80kg/hl and it was coming off the field at 15% moisture, which we can’t remember seeing in previous years.”

The 30ha of Waggon and Concerto spring barley was also very pleasing, with Waggon reaching 7.4t/ha and Concerto yielding 6.4t/ha at a malting spec.

Although winter barley yields were not record breaking, Mr Davidson was pleased with an average of 8.6t/ha, with the earliest drilled fields reaching over 9.9t/ha and the later crops 7.4t/ha.

However, Cracker winter oilseed rape was slightly disappointing, at 4t/ha.

Having completed harvest, Mr Davidson was now busy finishing drilling winter barley, with next year’s oilseed rape already in the ground and looking well.

“We had a late start but finished quite early in comparison to other years,” he said. “From the beginning we weren’t holding out a lot of hope, but it’s turned out better than we could have dared for. It’s definitely a weight off the mind.”


Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties:  Riband
Area: 16ha
Yield: 9.9t/ha


Crop: Winter barley
Area: 36ha
Yield: 8.6t/ha


Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Waggon & Concerto
Area: 30ha
Yield: 6.4-7.4t/ha


Crop: Winter oilseed rape
Varieties:  Cracker
Area: 28ha
Yield: 4t/ha