A steady drizzle has prevented Robert Craig from getting the combine out all week at Ballykelly, Londonderry. “It is just damp all the time. We have 12ha (30 acres) of Riviera spring barley which is just ready but we can’t get on.”

Another 12ha (30 acres) of Westminster was about 10 days away from ripening, he said. “I expect the spring barley to yield 6.2-7.4t/ha (2.5-3t/acre) but there is a lot of secondary growth in the Westminster so it’s very green.”

Winter barley yields were about 5% above average, at 10t/ha (4.12t/acre) for the Camion and 10.2t/ha (4.13t/acre) for the Saffron. “I was pleased with that.”

Mr Craig’s 8ha (20 acres) of hemp was about a month behind expectations, and wasn’t likely to be ready until the end of September.

“The crops aren’t looking too bad. The wheat is about 40-50% done in this area, and the spring barley about 20% through, which is not far off normal. But everyone is champing at the bit, wanting to get on.”

  • Crop: Winter barley
  • Varieties: Camion and Saffron
  • Yields 10-10.2t/ha (4.12-4.13t/acre)

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