Lull between barleys
JACK HAMMOND, who farms on a sandy loam at Aldborough in Norfolk has had a varied winter barley crop and is now waiting for the spring barley to ripen.
Pearl yielded 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre), which is above the farm average of 8t/ha (3.25t/acre). Heligan feed barley yielded below this.
The Pearl, which was drilled in good conditions was pleasing, but the Heligan has turned out a bit disappointing.
Pearl quality was good with 1.55% nitrogen and specific weight 69kg/hl.
Spring crops had looked to be poor. Having been drilled late due to the wet spring, there was then drought through May.
But wet conditions in June and July have helped. It has gone from potential disaster to looking nearly average.
He says spring barley is ten days away and wheat is two weeks.