Rain has kept Meurig Raymond’s combine under wraps for the past two days at Trenewydd Fawr, Haverfordwest, Dyfed.

But harvest was generally progressing well, and yields had been pleasing, he said.

Tipple spring barley was yielding 7.7t.ha (3.1t/acre), with a nice malting sample. Although the 120ha (300 acres) cut so far had not been quite ripe, Mr Raymond was keen to crack on between the showers. “It’s a good job we have.”

He still had 182ha (450 acres) of Tipple to finish off, and was yet to make a start on the 200ha (500 acres) of Alchemy, Robigus, Glasgow, Viscount and Gladiator winter wheat.

“It’s now coming ripe, and is looking promising. But the forecast is quite changeable for the next few days, which is very frustrating.”

Mr Raymond was pleased with his Saffron and Sequel winter barley, which yielded 7.9t/ha (3.2t/acre) and produced a lot of decent straw.

The Excalibur, Excel, Bravo and Castille oilseed rape also did well, considering the wet autumn, averaging 4t/ha (1.65t/acre). “It was a pleasant surprise.”

Harvest was about halfway through in the area, with very little wheat or spring barley cut yet, he added.

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Tipple
Area: 120ha (300 acres)
Yield: 7.7t.ha (3.1t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Varieties: Saffron and Sequel
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 7.9t/ha (3.2t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Excalibur, Excel, Bravo and Castille
Area: 126ha (310 acres)
Yield: 4t/ha (1.65t/acre)

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