Harvest 09: 40% through in Co.Down

Harvest is still only 40% complete in Co.Down, but better weather means combines are rolling again today (10 September).

Ground conditions were nearly as bad as last year, but a sunny couple of days had helped to dry things out, said Charles Davidson of North Down Grain.

“Harvest is very late, and what has been cut so far has been very moist, so driers are working overtime. It’s another expensive harvest.”

Yields so far had been reasonable, but quality was deteriorating, he added.

“The crops are very ripe, so the straw is breaking and they’re going down fast.”

Farmers still had a huge amount of wheat and spring barley to combine, but with high pressure set to stay, many would make decent inroads over the next week.

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