6 September 2001
Spring barley ‘crammed in’

"FOR Scottish farmers to cram in combining of spring barley into two weeks is phenomenal," says Mark Smith of Dalgety Kenneth Wilson. With the good forecast it should be tidied up by the weekend. 85-90% in the central region is combined and 50% in the north.

On the quality front some areas are suffering more than others are. "There is some splitting, skinning and fusarium problems. The worst hit areas are in the west of Central Scotland around Fife and Perth. There is better quality further north in North Angus and Aberdeenshire."

"It is hard to predict the proportion of crop affected by these problems. Harvest was delayed and then crammed into the last two weeks. There is a lot of pressure on the merchants’ testing systems at the moment. We are still finding our feet."

Winter wheat has got going and is now 40% complete in central Scotland. "The quality looks good so far, with high bushel weights and good Hagbergs. There is a bit of variability on protein but that is expected up here. The yield has real variability."


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