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
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)