John Hutcheson has finished winter barley at Leckerstone Farm, Dunfermline, Fife, and is hoping to finish oilseed rape today (19 August).

“I’m sitting in the field and it’s just spitting with rain on the windscreen – I just need three hours to finish – it’s so frustrating.”

The Sequel winter barley yielded a slightly disappointing 8.4t/ha (3.4t/acre), and the Mendel and Cuillin oilseed rape had also been poor, he said.

“A combination of wet conditions at sowing leading to poor root development, and high winds last weekend, which blew a fair bit off, has left us with around 2.8-3t/ha (1.1-1.2t/acre).”

The high winds caused the crop to shed about 0.7t/ha (0.3t/acre), reckoned Mr Hutcheson.

He had also cut about half of his Optic spring barley, which was coming in at 18-20% moisture and low nitrogen contents.

“Thankfully it is on contract and is in the process of being uplifted. It has yielded around 6.6t/ha (2.7t/acre).”

Viscount winter wheat had been sprayed off for two weeks and was fit to cut as soon as he could get into it. “It’s needing to be cut in the next few days.”

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Optic
Area: 69ha (170 acres)
Yield: 6.6t/ha (2.7t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Mendel and Cuillin
Area: 73ha (180 acres)
Yield: 2.8-3t/ha (1.1-1.2t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Sequel
Area: 154ha (380 acres)
Yield: 8.4t/ha (3.4t/acre)

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