Harvest 09: 40% left in Londonderry

Robert Craig has finished combining at Carse Hall, Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, but harvest is still only about 60% complete in the area.

“We’ve had almost a week of dry weather now – but it was getting to the stage that I nearly had to bring all the cows in off the fields.

“Everybody has probably a couple of weeks backlog because of the weather – we weren’t able to combine for five weeks.”

Westminster spring barley yielded 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre), having brackled badly, while Saffron winter barley averaged 9.3t/ha (3.75t/acre).

Mr Craig had managed to bale all his straw, and was now moving onto cultivating for next season’s crops.

But farmers in the area still had about 40% of harvest to finish up. “There are still quite a few fields which are not ripe – people who don’t spray their crops off have barely started.”

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Westminster
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Yield: 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Saffron
Yield: 9.3t/ha (3.75t/acre)

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