Harvest was about half way through for Stuart Fuller-Shapcott at Sweethope, near Kelso. “We’ve had a reasonable week at last but it’s just started drizzling,” he said.

With 81ha (200 acres) of Alchemy, Einstein and Solstice still standing, he hoped to make a start on the wheat over the next day or so.

Mr Fuller-Shapcott also had 8ha (20 acres) of Optic spring barley to cut, with the earlier-cut Optic and Oxbridge yielding 5.7-5.9t/ha (2.3-2.4t/acre) at nitrogen contents down to 1.38%.

The oilseed rape was all in the barn, having averaged a pleasing 4.2-4.7t/ha (1.7-1.9t/acre). And next year’s rape was all but planted, said Mr Fuller-Shapcott. “I’m now going to fight the slugs on every single front I can.”

  • Crop: Spring barley
  • Varieties: Optic and Oxbridge
  • Yield: 5.7-5.9t/ha (2.3-2.4t/acre)


  • Crop: Oilseed rape
  • Varieties: Caracas, Grace and Astrid
  • Yield: 4.2-4.7t/ha (1.7-1.9t/acre)

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