Gerald Erwin was about half way through his wheat at Nutts Corner, Crumlin, Co Antrim, and was combining at 25-30% moisture, despite spraying it off.
“We just cannot get it dry.” Yields were above average at 7.4-8.6t/ha (3-3.5t/acre), but quality was slipping as the grain was now sprouting.
“A lot of farmers are now putting it into the silo as wholecrop to feed the cattle.”
Mr Erwin cut the first of his spring barley yesterday (8 September), which averaged 6.7t/ha (2.7t/acre) at 20% moisture.
He was now two to three weeks behind, and the forecast still did not look great, he said.
Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Einstein, Humber, Zebedee and Claire
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 7.4-8.6t/ha (3-3.5t/acre)
Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Waggon and Westminster
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
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