Harvest 09: Finished near Inverness

Jim Whiteford has finished harvest at Shandwick Mains, Tain, Inverness, and expects most people to finish up this week, despite a few days of mist and drizzle.


Viscount and Istabraq winter wheat yielded 10.4t/ha (4.2t/acre), while Waggon spring barley averaged 7t/ha (2.85t/acre).


“The barley was not as good as previous years as it suffered in the drought in June and July.”


Having finished his own harvest, Mr Whiteford helped a neighbour, combining 26ha (65 acres) of winter wheat.


“Unfortunately we managed to pick up the Stone of Destiny, which made a mess of the header parts.”


He had also finished all the baling, clearing up 34ha (85 acres) with two balers in one afternoon, and was now busy sowing Volume winter barley and Viscount winter wheat.



Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Istabraq, Viscount and Riband
Area: 34ha (85 acres)
Yield: 10.4t/ha (4.2t/acre)


Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Waggon
Yield: 7t/ha (2.85t/acre)


Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Optic
Area: 60ha (150 acres)
Yield: 7.7t/ha (3.1t/acre)


Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Cuillin
Area: 16ha (40 acres)
Yield: 4.5t/ha (1.8t/acre)


Variety: Castille
Area: 10ha (25 acres)
Yield: 4t/ha (1.6t/acre)


Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Volume
Area: 16ha (40 acres)
Yield: 10.5t/ha (4.3t/acre)







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