Brian Totman hoping for some sun to start harvest

Harvest is still a couple of days off at Brian Totman’s Portway Farm, Andover, Hants – about average for the time of year.


“We should be into the winter barley at the weekend (19/20 July) – it looks very well,” he said. He expected the 16ha (40 acres) of Saffron to yield slightly above average at around 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre).


“No-one’s started around here. We’ve had no sun for about a week and that’s what we need.”


After the winter barley Mr Totman would be starting on the 20ha (50 acres) of winter oats, which also looked very good.


Crop: Winter barley

Variety: Saffron

Area: 16ha (40 acres)


Crop: Winter oats

Area: 20ha (50 acres)



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