4 September 2001
Disastrous harvest

“AWFUL, the worst ever. We didnt get many winter crops in and the spring crops were a disaster,” says Robert Barr, who farms on heavy soil between Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

“We only got 4 acres of winter wheat in and it was not my fault. I wanted to start drilling on the 15th September but the seed did not arrive till the 26th September. I wont buy any off them again.”

He estimates that this crop of Claire did 7.5t/ha (3t/acre).

“Optic spring barley did between 30cwt and 2t/acre (3.7-5t/ha). Im hopeful that it will make malting, but its not a pretty sample, with too much green in places and over ripe in other places.”

Chablis spring wheat has yielded 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre). “This was only a foot high, drilled in very wet conditions at the end of April.”

Peas have averaged 3t/ha (1.25t/acre), with Nitouche doing better than Espace. The sample is ok.


To post your Harvest Highlights, click here

Click here to return to Harvest Highlights front page

Click the button below to return to FWi News headlines

FREE ARABLE UPDATE
CLICK HERE to receive FWis FREE new weekly email newsletter, providing an instant link to all the major additions and updates relevant to your arable business.