9 August 2001
Ryegrass cut in the Borders

EARLY tetraploid ryegrass Magician was cleared on Sunday (5 August) with a Shelbourne stripper at 35% moisture, reports Andrew Quayle, who farms near Duns, Berwickshire.

“Good conditions at pollination have produced the best sample for a few years, with little chaff and sterile florets.” Clean yield should be about 1.5t/ha.

Second-year diploid perennial ryegrass is ready to cut if the rain stops.

After starting to ripen, winter oats are turning green again, with secondary tillers creeping up through the canopy. Mr Quayles not sure what to do about this.

Tom “mayweed” Baird has blocked up his combine in winter barley, he adds.


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