Frustrated by the rain in Wales

Glynn Jones has got just 28ha left to cut at Plas-yr-Esgov, St.Asaph, Wales, but rain over the weekend and today (1 September) is proving frustrating.

“We thought we’d be finished by now but the past two weeks have been a real struggle – we haven’t combined properly for 10 days; instead we’ve just been pinching bits here and there,” he said.

The last time Mr Jones was combining he managed to cut any wheat that had gone flat, so the remaining fields were still standing. “We’ve got 18ha of wheat to get and the rest is spring barley.”

Yields had been good, with Diego wheat coming off at about 9.9t/ha. “Where I’ve contract combined yields have been about the same, if not more,” he said.

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Volume winter barley yielded over 7.4t/ha although Cassia was not as good, at just 6.2t/ha. “The Volume looked well all the way through, and it stood well,” said Mr Jones.

Propino spring barley, cut for a client, had yielded over 7.4t/ha. “The straw behind it was unbelievable – and that was on arable ground, not after grass or anything special.”

The Cubic oilseed rape also proved very pleasing, coming off at below 9% moisture, he added.

“It hasn’t been weighed but I hope it will have done 5t/ha. Next year I’m going to have the hybrid Exhalte and conventional variety Compass to compare.”

Following the coldest and wettest August for a number of years, Mr Jones still had a lot of straw on the ground to bale. “I had hoped to get the spring barley cut today but it’s just too wet – it’s so frustrating.”

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