Four weeks without combining in Cornwall

Martin Howlett has not had the combine out at Deer Park Farm, Callington, Cornwall, for nearly a month, and his winter barley is chitting in the field.

“The ears have either dropped off completely or are very low to the ground – it’s going to be very poor quality. There’s a very serious danger that the entire crop will be lost.”

Mr Howlett cut 4ha (10 acres) of Sequel winter barley in July, which averaged a pleasing 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre).

He still had 10ha (24 acres) of Saffron winter barley to cut, as well as 2.4ha (6 acres) of Mascani oats, which had lodged and were starting to sprout.

“We are thinking of going in with roundup to kill off the chits and the grass weeds, but we haven’t had enough dry weather to get on.”

The 2.4ha (6 acres) of Fuego spring beans were also fit and ready to cut, when the weather dried up, he said.

“It was all looking so good before the rain – you could say it’s the best harvest we’ve never had.”

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Sequel
Area: 1.6ha (4 acres)
Yield: 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre)

Variety: Saffron
Area: 10ha (24 acres)

Crop: Spring beans
Variety: Fuego
Area: 2.4ha (6 acres)

Crop: Winter oats
Variety: Mascani
Area: 2.4ha (6 acres)



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