9 August 2001
Siberia shrugs off flood damage

DAVID WINCUP, farm manager of Moor Farm at Burton Leonard near Harrogate, has finished combining feed barley.

The 12ha (30 acres) of Siberia yielded 7.2t/ha (2.9t/acre) and 10ha (24 acres) of Heligan yielded 6.7t/ha (2.7t/acre). The average for the farm is 8.4t/ha (3.4t/acre).

“There was a lot of flood damage, which made the fields very patchy. But in some areas I reckon Siberia did 4t/acre, so it therefore has the potential to do well in the future.” The farm has medium to heavy soil and is low lying.

Some of the winter crop was ripped up in the spring and replaced by spring barley or beans.

His 23ha (57 acres) of spring barley should be ready in a week and feed wheat should be about the same. There are also spring beans.

He does not believe that the recent rains will have damaged the crops.


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