Finally the combines roll out

He said he was “happy to finally get going”

“We managed to get two combines on the field yesterday and we’ve got three harvesting today”

Mr Dean grows 140 ha (350 acres) of Pearl barley on his 1210ha (3,000 acre) farm in Fordingbridge, nr Salisbury, Wilts.

Yield levels are between 5t/ha (2.5 t/acre) and 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) so far with an average moisture level of about 15.5%. Nitrogen content is around 1.85%.

Mr Dean grows 400ha (1,000 acres) of wheat, 260 ha (650 acres) of spring barley, 240 ha (600 acres) of oilseed rape, peas and oats.

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