10 day standstill for Ian

Ian Moncrieff had not been out combining for 10 days at Berry Hill Farm, Dundee, but with better weather forecast he hoped to be on soon.

He still had 80ha (200 acres) of wheat and 20ha (50 acres) of spring barley to finish off.

“The wheat has gone over in patches and is sprouting a bit, but the barley is a very good crop,” he said.

The 16ha (40 acres) of Alchemy second wheat cut so far had yielded reasonably well, said Mr Moncrieff.

The Decanter spring barley had averaged 8t/ha (3.25t/acre) on the home farm and just under 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) on the contracted land.

“It has done quite well and is going for malting, which is pleasing. We’re hoping to get finished up next week.”

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Decanter
Area: 77ha (190 acres)
Yield: 8t/ha (3.25t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Amarena
Area: 56ha (140 acres)
Yield: 8t/ha (3.25t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Istabraq and Alchemy
Area: 97ha (240 acres)


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