Harvest 09: Damp in Newcastle

Bill Taylor has not combined for a week at Nafferton Farm, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and is less than 40% through his wheat.

“It’s not horrendous – it’s just too damp to get on.”

Gladiator winter wheat yields had been just average so far, with Saffron winter barley nothing exciting either, averaging about 7.4t/ha (3t/acre).

The 4ha (10 acres) of Tipple spring barley, sown in place of winter wheat, was finished, leaving just wheat to combine.

“Some people are finished around here, but the rest of us are waiting for a break in the weather,” said Mr Taylor.

“The biggest problem is getting the straw in dry – we’ve got 50 acres (20ha) out in the field.”

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

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