Harvest 09: Drying out in Angus

More settled weather in Scotland means James Porter hopes to be combining again later today (7 September).

“Last week was a bit of a washout – we had more than 3” of rain in 48 hours, so everything was completely soaking.”

Mr Porter tried to combine spring barley yesterday at West Scryne Farm, Carnoustie, Angus, but when the combine started to sink decided against it.

“We would normally be finished by now, but we’re just getting rain every two days. Normally we’d wait until the crops are below 20% moisture, but we’re having to go in the low 20s just to get them off. The drying costs have been pretty strong.”

He had cut two-thirds of his spring barley and no wheat yet, but with better weather forecast, hoped to make a big dent in harvest towards the end of the week.

“Yields have been fairly disappointing, but quality should be alright so far.” The Appaloosa spring barley had yielded just 5.6-6.2t/ha (2.25-2.5t/acre), with the Waggon averaging around 6.8t/ha (2.75t/acre).

Mr Porter still had 28ha (70 acres) of barley to cut, as well as 45ha (110 acres) of Alchemy and Robigus winter wheat. “It’s still standing and it’s OK, but it won’t take much more.”

Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Appaloosa and Waggon
Area: 93ha (230 acres)
Yield: 5.6-6.8t/ha (2.25-2.75t/acre)

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