Wheat combining resumed across many parts of the UK today (17 August) and with more rain forecast for the weekend, growers were eager to make the most of the opportunity.
Andrew Bullock of Bourton Hill Farm, Gloucester combined his last 7ha of Einstein this morning and expected to move onto Robigus winter wheat this afternoon.
“We could do with another fortnight of dry weather; we’ve still got a lot to do yet,” he said.
In Surrey, Giles Porter of Penn Croft farms resumed winter wheat last night and was working hard to clear the 20ha of Alchemy this morning at his farm near Farnham.
“Wheat will be done and dusted with a week’s good weather,” he commented.
It was five days since combines were last moving on Derek Lamplough’s Manor Farm, but he hoped to be able to go later today.
“The forecast is not good for the weekend, but we can’t alter that. It would be nice for some dry weather for the crops that are still to come.”
But, for Duncan Whiteman, ground conditions were too wet to combine wheat on his farm near Telford in Shropshire.
He was reasonably satisfied with harvest progress so far, but added: “I’ll be ecstatic if I can have ten days of fine weather soon.”
Johnathon Arnold of Barley-Robin Appel, Hampshire was also pleased with how his spring barley had performed. With 60ha left to cut, he expected to finish it within the next few days.
It had done “very well” so far and he hoped yields would average above 7.5t/ha (3 t/acre).
“It’s [harvest] gone very well, despite a few stop and starts, but you’ve always got to remain optimistic.”
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