Harvest finished three weeks ago at Mark McFerran’s Battletown Farm, Newtonards, Co. Down, with just winter barley being grown.
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“We managed to get it cut in a dry week, and all the straw baled and in,” he said. “We’re very thankful as a lot of our neighbours haven’t got cutting at all.”
The 34ha (85 acres) of Boxer and Camion averaged 7.9t/ha (3.2t/acre) – well above the normal average of 6.8t/ha (2.75t.acre).
“Some barley has been cut in the last two days around us – people are just going out and getting it cut whenever there’s dry weather, regardless of the moisture content.”
Crop: Winter barley
Area: 31ha (76 acres)
Yield: 8t/ha (3.3t/acre)
Area: 3ha (9 acres)
Yield: 7.1t/ha (2.9t/acre)
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high