Gerald Erwin was cutting spring barley at Nutts Corner, Crumlin, Co Antrim, today (26 September) and was disappointed with yields.
“It’s badly weathered and is averaging 3.7-4.9 (1.5-2t/acre) – we would normally do 5-6t/ha (2-2.5t/acre).”
The Waggon was performing better than the Westminster, he said.
He still had 12ha (30 acres) of spring barley to cut, as well as 40ha (100 acres) of wheat.
“Our wheat yields are now dropping to about 6-7.4t/ha (2.5-3t/acre), down from 7.4-8.6t/ha (3-3.5t/acre) earlier, but the sample has improved a wee bit as moistures have dropped.”
Ground conditions were almost back to normal, and farmers still had about 10% of harvest to finish off in the area.
“We’ve got nothing back in the ground again,” said Mr Erwin. He hoped to start sowing winter barley early next week.
Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Einstein, Humber, Zebedee and Claire
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 6-8.6t/ha (2.5-3.5t/acre)
Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Waggon and Westminster
Area: 60ha (150 acres)
Yield: 3.7-4.9 (1.5-2t/acre)
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