Harvest 09: Finishing spring barley in Dorset

Tim Merry has almost finished combining spring barley at JV Farming Ltd, Martinsdown, Dorset, after 12 days of interrupted harvesting.

So far he had cut 396ha (978 acres) of Tipple and Quench, leaving 32ha (80 acres) to finish off.

The Tipple averaged a dry weight of 7.3t/ha (2.4t/acre) over a weighbridge, and Quench had yielded 8.09t/ha (3.2t/acre) so far, with a top yield of 9.9t/ha (4t/acre) in one field. “That was an outstanding result.”

After the spring barley Mr Merry had 32ha (79 acres) of Mascani oats to combine. “All of that is standing very well, considering the weather.”

He planned to move onto 97ha (240 acres) of Magister milling wheat over the weekend.
“Rain has stopped the combine this morning (August 20), but we have been able to keep cutting since Saturday tea time, which is the longest period of time we have kept the combine going this year – four days.”

Oilseed rape yields had been variable, with Castille doing well at 4-4.3t/ha (1.6-1.7t/acre), Cabernet at 4.3t/ha (1.7t/acre) and Catana yielding 3.8t/ha (1.5t/acre)  
“It is very respectable, given the difficult establishment and growing conditions through the year.”
Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Tipple
Area: 124ha (306 acres)
Yield: 7.3t/ha (2.4t/acre)

Variety: Quench
Area: 272ha (672 acres)
Yield: 8.1t/ha (3.2t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Castille, Cabernet and Catana
Yield: 3.8-4.3t/ha (1.5-1.7t/acre)

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