Harvest 09: Four days left in Dyfed

Harvest is about 75% complete at Meurig Raymond’s Trenewydd Fawr, Haverfordwest, Dyfed.

“It’s been extremely frustrating – we didn’t have many days’ combining between 20 August and 3 September,” he said.

However, he was now combining Tipple spring barley, and had 120ha (300 acres) to finish, as well as 12ha (30 acres) of spring oilseed rape and 32ha (80 acres) of spring beans.

“Surprisingly, the barley isn’t looking too bad, although a few heads have broken off and it is going a bit discoloured.” 

Although it had started yielding 7.9t/ha (3.2t/acre), it had since dropped to about 6.4t/ha (2.6t/acre), and would average about 6.9t/ha (2.8t/acre).

“The first 500t might just make malting, but the rest will probably be suffering from pre-germination.”

Wheat had yielded well, at 8.6-11.7t/ha (3.5-4.75t/acre), with Diego yielding the best, followed by Oakley and Alchemy, said Mr Raymond.

With three to four days of combining left, he expected to finish harvest early next week, but said there was still a lot left to cut further north.

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Diego, Oakley, Humber, Alchemy, Robigus, Glasgow, Viscount and Gladiator
Area: 200ha (500 acres)
Yield: 8.6-11.7t/ha (3.5-4.75t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Tipple
Area: 180ha (444 acres)
Yield: 6.9t.ha (2.8t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Varieties: Saffron and Sequel
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 7.9t/ha (3.2t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Excalibur, Excel, Bravo and Castille
Area: 126ha (310 acres)
Yield: 4t/ha (1.65t/acre)

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