Crops ripening fast in Scotland

Harvest in Scotland is yet to get under way to any great degree, with just odd fields of winter barley cut so far.

According to Trevor Harriman, general manager at Scotgrain, no oilseed rape, wheat or spring barley had yet been cut.

“So far there are just oddments of winter barley in the barn, but most areas will be into it by the end of this week (w/c 21 July),” he said.

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It was too early to speculate on yields, but the crops looked well, he added.

Oilseed rape harvest would probably start early next week, with spring barley likely to be ready in mid-August.

“The wheat will probably be ready in August as well, which is unusually early for Scotland,” said Mr Harriman.

“All the crops are coming on apace – and in the main everything looks fine.”

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