Harvest 09: Almost done in Cornwall

Winter cereals have performed well at Charlie Watson-Smyth’s Tregirls Farm, Padstow, Cornwall, but spring crops were disappointing.

“It was too dry in the spring, so the Tipple spring barley yielded just below 2t/acre (5t/ha).”

Alchemy winter wheat did well, at almost 10t/ha (4t/acre), with Saffron winter barley similarly pleasing at almost 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), he said.

“Straw yields have been good too, which is a help.”

Having finished combining cereals, Mr Watson-Smyth had just 8ha (20 acres) of millet to cut next week. Most people had finished harvest in the area, he added.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Alchemy
Yield: <10t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Tipple
Yield: <5t/ha (2t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Saffron
Yield: <7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

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