Halfway through in Aberdeen

Farmers in Aberdeenshire still had 40-50% of their wheat and spring barley to cut, according to Nick Davidson of Milton of Clola, Peterhead.

But he was fortunate enough to have finished, and was thrilled with yields all round.

“Things have been really quite fantastic, yield-wise.” The Oxbridge spring barley averaged 6.8-7.4t/ha (2.75-3t/acre) and half went for malting.

“We have never had yields like that on spring barley before,” said Mr Davidson. Most tested at 1.5-1.6% nitrogen, but half the crop was skinned and would go for feed.

The Riband winter wheat had also done well, averaging about 10.9t/ha (4.4t/acre).

“Our contractor has been fantastic – he brought in two big Lexion combines to finish off. But there’s a lot of wheat and spring barley still to cut around here.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Riband
Area: 18ha (45 acres)
Yield: 10.9t/ha (4.4t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Oxbridge
Area: 32ha (80 acres)
Yield: 6.8-7.4t/ha (2.75-3t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Pearl / Sequel mix
Area: 36ha (90 acres)
Yield: 9.9t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Mendel
Area: 28ha (70 acres)
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)


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