Damp conditions continue to frustrate harvest efforts in North Scotland, but Frank Thomson hopes to be combining this afternoon (1 September).


“It’s desperate – we’ve had high pressure all week, but it’s just drizzle and cloud, with no wind at all. The barley is just sitting there and we’re not even a third of the way through.”

Volume winter barley at Burnside of Tynet, Clochan, Morayshire, had been amazing, averaging 10t/ha (4t/acre). “It was tremendous.”

Oilseed rape had also been pleasing, at about 4.4t/ha (1.8t/acre), with a trial of Shuffle spring barley coming off at 5.8t/ha (2.35t/acre).

“We’ve also go Optic and Belgravia – so far the spring barley has averaged about 5.7t/ha (2.3t/acre) on light land.

“I’m hopeful that we’ll get into better stuff from now on. But quality has been wonderful, at 1.3% nitrogen and screenings of 4% at the most.

“The price is right, too, so we’re pretty happy.”

Mr Thomson had one field of oilseed rape left to cut on high land. “It’s about a week away, but looks like it will be worth waiting for.”

The wheat also looked well, he added. “But I’m worried about it, because of this weather.

“I think we’ll go and rescue some crops this afternoon, as the drier is sitting there doing nothing.”


Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Optic, Belgravia and Shuffle
Yield: 5.7t/ha (2.3t/acre)


Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Volume
Yield: 10t/ha (4t/acre)


Crop: Oilseed rape
Yield: 4.4t/ha (1.8t/acre)


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