7 September 2001
Above average spring barley yields

JOHN DRYSDALE, who farms near Kirkcaldy in Fife, is two thirds of his way through the spring barley crop. "We’ve had 10 days dry weather and the spring barley is coming off in good shape."

He has had yields for spring barley above the five year average at 6.7t/ha (2.7t/acre). "It’s a high yield but I won’t be happy till I’ve sold it off the farm. The market is being hacked to death at the moment."

Quality is mixed. "I’ve has some splits and skinned grains, but it’s nothing that can’t get dressed out."

They will move onto winter wheat next week.

 


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