Aberdeenshire escapes lightly

Sandy Norrie was on combining today (8 September) at AJ Duncan Farms’ Muirden Farm, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.

“We’ve been very lucky compared with the rest of the country,” he said.

Mr Norrie was halfway through his spring barley, and had just made a start on the wheat.

So far the early wheat had yielded 8.9t/ha (3.6t/acre), but better crops of Alchemy, Robigus, Richmond, Predator and Riband were to come.

The same was true of the Waggon spring barley, which had averaged 6.8t/ha (2.75t/acre) so far.

Oilseed rape had been about average at 4t/ha (1.65t/acre), but the winter barley was tremendous, he said.

Siberia topped the yield table at 11.6t/ha (4.7t/acre), with Boost averaging 10t/ha (4t/acre) and a trial plot of Volume yielding 9.5t/ha (3.8t/acre).

Drilling has also progressed well, with about 283ha (700 acres) each of oilseed rape and winter barley now in the ground.
Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Waggon
Area: 162ha (400 acres)
Yield: 6.8t/ha (2.75t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Area: 16ha (40 acres)
Yield: 8.9t/ha (3.6t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Varieties: Sequel, Pearl, Siberia, Boost, Volume
Area: 850ha (2100 acres)
Yield: 9.4t/ha (3.8t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Mendel, Excalibur and Catana
Area: 243ha (600 acres)
Yield: 4t/ha (1.65t/acre)


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