Jon Hodgson has had a stop-start harvest so far, with sea mists hampering combining on the North East coast.

“We haven’t cut a lot because we’ve been plagued with sea fog – while 10 miles inland it’s been bright and sunny,” he said.

“I’m combining right now (24 July) but I think we’ll be fogged off again soon.”

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So far Mr Hodgson had cut 20ha of Harlequin winter barley, which had yielded 8.9t/ha at 15% moisture. “It had a bushel weight of 65kg/hl, so we’re pleased with that.”

Crop facts

  • Crop: Winter barley
  • Variety: Harlequin
  • Area: 20ha
  • Yield: 8.9t/ha

Expower oilseed rape, however, had been very disappointing, producing just 3.5t/ha. “I don’t know why – it’s looked good but just hasn’t delivered, which is really galling,” he said.

Having cut just 6ha of Expower, Mr Hodgson had plenty more oilseed rape to cut at Great Newsome Farm, South Frodingham, Yorkshire.

“We’ve got a lot of other varieties to cut. There’s not a huge amount harvested around here, although I know of some barley that’s come off at 20% moisture in the sea fret.”