Harvest 09: Cornish crops suffering

Crops in Cornwall are really started to suffer from the wet and windy weather, with barley brackled over and oilseed rape ready to shatter.

Jon Bond of Trerule Farm, Trerulefoot, Saltash, said he was desperate to get on combining, with both winter barley and rapeseed ready to cut.

“I was hoping to get into the barley today, but it’s just starting to rain again.

“We had 48mm on Wednesday (29 July) and although the strong winds are great for drying it out, they’re not so good for the swathed rape.”

Mr Bond had 20ha (50 acres) of winter barley and 22ha (55 acres) of rape to cut, followed by oats and wheat.

“It’s all too similar to last year. I’ve never seen so many depressed farmers,” he said.

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