Jim Whiteford has only managed to cut 11ha (26 acres) of spring barley due to a spate of wet weather at Shandwick Mains, Tain, Inverness.

“There’s not much to report here due to the weather turning English – can we please have our sun back?”

The Optic spring barley had been ready since Monday (17 August), he said.

Yields and quality had been excellent so far, at 7.7t/ha (3.1t/acre) and 1.38% nitrogen. Screenings were low, at 1.9%, and specific weight was good at 64.3kg/hl.
 
“But we are in desperate need of good weather to get on with the job.”

With showers all day yesterday (20 August), he was busy ploughing ready for winter wheat, and said the Cuillin oilseed rape, drilled last week, was coming through the ground nicely.
 

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Optic
Area: 11ha (26 acres)
Yield: 7.7t/ha (3.1t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Cuillin
Area: 16ha (40 acres)
Yield: 4.5t/ha (1.8t/acre)

Variety: Castille
Area: 10ha (25 acres)
Yield: 4t/ha (1.6t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Volume
Area: 16ha (40 acres)
Yield: 10.5t/ha (4.3t/acre)

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