Dry weather has helped Carl Tuer to finish the winter barley at Rock Farms, Alnwick, Northumberland, leaving him without any crops ready to combine.

The 162ha (400 acres) of Pearl yielded a disappointing 5.4-7.4t/ha (2.2-3t/acre), due to drought earlier in the year, he said. “We lost a lot of tillers.”

However, despite a few small grains, it had all made the grade for its malting contract, at 1.7-1.9% nitrogen.

“We won’t be combining now for another 10 days – I’m sitting around in the sunshine wishing I had something to combine,” said Mr Tuer.

“I have never known a time when we’ve been ahead of our Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire friends.”

Mr Tuer had 130ha (321 acres) of winter oilseed rape; 112ha (278 acres) of spring barley; 60ha (148 acres) of spring oilseed rape; and 456ha (1126 acres) of winter wheat to do.

“The wheat looks good on the whole. The winter rape is moderate, but the spring rape and spring barley look phenomenal.”

Farmers had generally finished winter barley in the area, but had not made a start on rapeseed, making harvest about 20% complete, he said.

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Pearl
Area: 162ha (400 acres)
Yield: 5.4-7.4t/ha (2.2-3t/acre)

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