Cornish crops suffer from wet autumn

Cornwall farmer John Moss said winter barley yields were down by 0.6t/ha, due to the wet autumn in 2005.

Cypress and Saffron yielded 6.25t/ha while Flagon did slightly more, possibly because it was drilled slightly earlier than the other varieties, before the wet autumn, he noted.

Quality was good with bushel weights of 65 –67kg/hl.

“We’re still cutting oilseed rape at the moment. It took longer to mature this year.”

The rape was cutting at 3.1t/ha, which was slightly below average by about 0.5t/ha. Moisture levels were 9–11%, and he expected to finish cutting tomorrow.

Mr Moss said the wheat crop was looking promising. “The wheat harvest will be quite staggered but some should be ready to cut tomorrow.”

• Crop: Winter barley
• Varieties: Cypress, Saffron, Flagon
• Area: N/A
• Yield: 6.25t/ha
• Quality: 65 – 67kg/hl

• Crop: Oilseed rape
• Variety: N/A
• Area: N/A
• Yield: 3.1t/ha
• Quality: Moisture 9-11%

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