Sandy Allison has finished combining oilseed rape at Turnhouse Farm, Edinburgh, but was rained off shortly after starting wheat four or five days ago.


“There are flash floods in mid-Lothian today (26 August) but we’ve only had 3mm here, so could be back on combining again tomorrow if it stays dry.”

So far he had cut 10% of his wheat at between 16% and 27% moisture, and was happy with yields to date.

“We’ve got Gallant ready to go, and it looks as though there’s a reasonable yield there.”

Cracker oilseed rape yielded a pleasing 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre).

But spring beans and winter wheat were suffering in the wet and cloudy conditions.

“There’s been a distinct lack of sun, and the crops have stood still for two weeks – they are just not ripening.”

Mr Allison had also found sprouted grains in wheat crops. “That was two weeks ago, when the straw was still green.

“If wheat was £100/t and we were faced with drying charges like we will incur this year, I would not be happy. But at today’s prices it’s worth getting.”


Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Cracker
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)


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