Tim Morris is getting on extremely well with harvest at Coneygar Farm, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, with harvest now more than halfway through.
“We were stopped by rain this morning (5 August), but all the crops have come in dry – we haven’t had to use the drier at all,” he said.
Mr Morris was combining Propino spring barley at the moment, which was yielding well, at just under 7.4t/ha. “That’s pretty good by our standards.” Quality was good, too, at 1.5-1.6% nitrogen and 67kg/hl.
“We’ve had a kind summer with a good mix of rain and shine, and we haven’t had the storms that others have had,” said Mr Morris. “We decided to cut spring barley before the wheat as some of it has laid and it is more prone to brackling.”
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Some farmers in the area had started wheat in July, making it a very early harvest, he added. “The wheat looks very well – it’s all standing; as were the oats, which yielded the best ever at over 7.5t/ha.”
However, oilseed rape had been extremely disappointing. “It looked like it was going to be our best ever crop, but both the Alienor and Quartz did just 3t/ha – I just can’t understand it.”
Low moisture contents had also been a problem, with some of the crop coming off below 6% moisture, he added.