Jim Cargill finished harvest at Coldstream Farm, Fettercairn, Aberdeenshire, about 10 days ago (16 September), and most farms in the area were finishing up this week.
“I think that some of the very large farms have got bits to cut yet but we’ve had a good few days and it’s amazing what you’ll cut in a week.”
Mr Cargill was delighted with wheat yields of 10t/ha (4t/acre), and having cut his wheat before the worst of the weather, quality had been good, too.
He was now busy lifting potatoes and planting daffodils which should have been in a month ago.
Although he had managed to drill his oilseed rape, he had abandoned hope of getting winter barley in this year.
Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Alchemy and Cordiale
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 10t/ha (4t/acre)
Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Optic and Appaloosa
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)
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