Gerald Erwin has just got spring wheat and spring oats left to cut at Nutts Corner, Crumlin, Co Antrim.

“They are ready to go now, but the dry weather’s broken,” he said. “At least they’re not coming to any harm.”

Yields had been uninspiring, with Quench, Publican and Westminster spring barley, grown for feed, producing just 3.7-5t/ha.

“Winter oats were reasonably good, at 6.7t/ha, but we haven’t had any wheat because we couldn’t get it drilled,” said Mr Erwin.

Being quite high up, the long winter meant spring crops went in late, too, which had made harvest even further behind normal, he added.

“A lot of people have wholecropped their cereals for feed, as forage stocks are so low.

“So we’ve only a couple of blocks of spring wheat and one of oats left to get at.”


Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Quench, Publican and Westminster
Yield: 3.7-5t/ha