By FWi Staff

OVERALL winter barley yields are down this year at 6.15t/ha reported commercial manager Trevor Harriman at the Dalgety harvest review yesterday (Thursday).

Ranges vary considerably and with the lower plantings seen this year have given a crop of 4.66 million tonnes, over half a million below last year.

Barley yield – 1998 harvest
Winter barleyRegionYield (t/ha)
HighestEast6.59
LowestSouth west5.78
National average 6.16
TOTAL PRODUCTION 4.66m tonnes
Spring barleyRegionYield (t/ha)
HighestNorth5.57
LowestScotland4.85
National average 5.11
TOTAL PRODUCTION 2.57m tonnes

Mr Harriman reported more consistent spring yields from all areas of England, but with Scotland still harvesting the overall yield is virtually unchanged.

The national average is 5.11t/ha and Dalgety predicts a production of 2.57 million tonnes. This is down 700,000 tonnes on 1997 giving a total barley crop of 7.23 million tonnes.