Doug halfway through spring barley

Doug Fowlie was half-way through his spring barley near Longside, Peterhead, Scotland, and hoped to be back into wheat tomorrow (5 September).

The 134ha (330 acres) of Optic had yielded about average, at 5.6t/ha (2.25t/acre), and despite high screenings and nitrogen, Mr Fowlie hoped it would make the malting grade.

The one field of Robigus wheat cut so far did exceptionally well at 10t/ha (4t/acre), and quality looked good, he said.

He now had 30ha (75 acres) of wheat to finish, with the 150ha (370 acres) of Oxbridge spring barley still a week away.

Pastoral winter barley yielded below average at 7.8t/ha (3.15t/acre), and the oilseed rape was poor at 3.3t/ha (1.35t/acre).

Mr Fowlie had drilled all of his rape, having missed out on the worst of the rain, but farmers across Aberdeenshire still had half their spring barley to cut, and 90-95% of their wheat, he said.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Robigus
Yield: 10t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Optic
Area: 134ha (330 acres)
Yield: 5.6t/ha (2.25t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Pastoral
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: 7.8t/ha (3.15t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Mendel
Area: 162ha (400 acres)
Yield: 3.3t/ha (1.35t/acre)



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