Drought reflected in Beds yields

“The yields exactly reflect the drought of the grounds,” said Brian Shaw of Barton Hill Farm, Bedfordshire.

The 120ha of Pearl winter barley cut at 6.25t/ha to 8.1t/ha which was “disappointing to good”. He was “pleased” with the 13% moisture which meant it was “cheap to get in”.

But he was concerned with the “surprisingly high” 1.8% nitrogen content of the crop, and questioned whether he would grow winter barley again.

The 80ha of oilseed rape was “pleasing” with Astrid “yielding especially well” at 4t/ha on “good land”.

Castille came in at 3.75t/ha and Winner at 3.4t/ha.


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