Spring barley is yielding well at MC Thomson & Sons’ farm in Clochan, Buckie, Scotland, but harvest progress is frustrating.
“It’s very slow – stop, start – it’s just been desperate,” said Frank Thomson. “The quality is still there at the moment but we really need to get on now.”
The 120ha (300 acres) of Optic cut so far had yielded over 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre) and quality had been excellent.
That left 200ha (500 acres) of Oxbridge, Publican and trials of Forensic spring barley to cut, as well as 80ha (200 acres) of Robigus, Alchemy, and Predator wheat and 40ha (100 acres) of oats.
Crop: Spring barley
Area: 120ha (300 acres)
Yield: >6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre)
Crop: Winter barley
Area: 24ha (60 acres)
Yield: >8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre)
Area: 1ha (2.5 acres)
Yield: 9.8t/ha (4t/acre)
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