6 September 2001
Optic yielding well

Optic spring barley is yielding well on Jim Cargill’s farm at Fettercairn in Aberdeenshire. He hopes to sell it for malting, which is unusual for the farm.

His 100ha (250 acres) of Optic has yielded 6.8t/ha (2.75t/acre) and 50ha (120 acres) of Chariot has yielded 5.4t/ha (2.2t/acre). "A five year average for the farm is about 2.5t/acre, but we shall do over that this year. I’m very pleased with the Optic."

Quality has generally been good with 1.5% nitrogen. "But now we’re starting to seeing Skinning and splits, up until now we’ve been ok." He has almost finished the spring barley.

There is 30ha (80 acres) of feed wheat to be combined which should be ready next week. "Spring barley has generally been good, which makes up for winter barley and oilseed rape."


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