Harvest 09: Flooding back in Berwick

Torrential rain in Berwick-Upon-Tweed is bringing back memories of last year’s flooding, exactly one year on to the day.

“We had five inches in two days last year, and it’s looking much the same today, (4 September),” said Jim Macfarlane from Edrington Mains Farm, Edintore.

“It’s unbelievable. But thankfully, we’re quite well through.” Most people were about two-thirds of the way through their wheat, he reckoned.

Mr Macfarlane had just 24ha (60 acres) of wheat and 34ha (85 acres) of spring beans to cut. “The wheat is a bit tangled, to say the least.

“But what we have cut is in quite good condition – it’s not sprouting as much as it did last year.”

The Zebedee, Robigus and Viscount had done well as first wheats, yielding over 9.9t/ha (4t/acre). But second wheats were poor, at just 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), he said.

“I had a lot of crops with holes in them – they weren’t great crops because they were put in so badly last autumn.”

Oxbridge spring barley suffered terribly in the drought in the spring, yielding as little as 5t/ha (2t/acre) in places. However, it was going in for malting, which was a bonus, said Mr Macfarlane.

“Further North a lot of the spring barley has been ruined – they’ve had a lot of pre-germination.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Zebedee, Robigus and Viscount
Yield: 7.4-9.9t/ha (3-4t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Oxbridge
Yield: >5t/ha (2t/acre)

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