Borders barley disappoints

Spring barley is performing badly for Stuart Fuller-Shapcott, near Kelso in the Scottish Borders.

Having missed the worst of the rain, he has managed to get into the remaining 25ha (60 acres) of barley today (Aug 26). New variety Oxbridge has been very poor, barely reaching 5t/ha (2t/acre), he said.

“It was a very difficult spring and we’re on heavy land, so it’s not been easy for spring barley in general.”

His Cocktail was also disappointing at 5.7t/ha (2.3t/acre), with slightly higher screenings than he would have liked, which could be due to the difficult growing season.

Optic was a bit better than Cocktail, yielding the farm’s 15 year average of 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre), with fractionally lower screenings, he noted.

Mr Fuller-Shapcott said he has sprayed-off winter wheat with glyphosate to try and protect Hagbergs, but has no major worries about quality yet. He said his Solstice looks “tremendous” and is hoping it could top 12t/ha (5t/acre).

Wheat is still not ready, with moisture of 29%, but he hopes to get into it by the middle of next week (Aug 31). “Some people on lighter land [in the local area] are well through their wheats – possibly where they were droughted during the hot spell earlier this year.”

  • Crop/Variety: Oxbridge, Cocktail, Optic spring barley
  • Area: N/A
  • Yield: Oxbrdige – 5t/ha Cocktail – 5.7t/ha Optic – 6.2t/ha
  • Quality – screenings slightly high


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