Abortive start near Marazion

Matthew Collins has had an abortive start to harvest at Chy-Vellan Farm, Marazion, Cornwall.

“We started cutting winter barley on Saturday (27 July) at 16% moisture, but pulled out again as it was hardly ready,” he said. “And now it’s too wet – I can’t see anything being cut this week.”

The 8ha of Cassia and Winsome had yielded a pleasing 7.4t/ha, with an excellent crop of straw, said Mr Collins. “But the straw was quite green in the bottom, so it was difficult to cut.”

Winter barley crops in the area looked fantastic, although ripening was four to five days behind last year, he added. “I thought the spring barley would be very late, but that has caught up well – if it dries up the first crops will be about two weeks away.”

Heavy thunderstorms had caused some spring barley to cripple over, but most crops were still standing well. “I was expecting to see some crops on the floor, but they’re not, which is good news.”

Assuming the weather dried up towards the end of the week, Mr Collins expected to be combining winter barley for customers over the weekend, with some wheat for crimping coming soon after.

Crop: Winter barley
Varieties: Cassia and Winsome
Area: 8ha
Yield: 7.4t/ha

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