8 August 2001
Muddled-in barley performs badly

MATTHEW HANSON, farm manager for Rock Farms at Alnwick in Northumberland, has barley yields below average, but expects things to improve.

Four hectares (10 acres) of Regina was combined before the rain came. It yielded about 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre).

“It was sowed into poor conditions.” He hopes that the crop of Siberia should yield 7.4t/ha (3t/acre).

Poor winter conditions mean that the farm is growing more spring crops than usual, including spring beans. The farm is based on clay loam soil.

Things will move when the rain stops. “The rape was desiccated a week ago. As long as we dont get a hailstorm it should not take too much harm.”

He foresees a long harvest, and says the wheat is only just starting to turn and may not be ready till September.


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