Harvest 09: Good quality in N.Scotland

Harvest is all over bar a few fields of oats in North Scotland, and yields are average to better than average, according to Simon Barry of Highland Grain.

“Everything is just about done, and it’s in pretty good nick,” he said.

“We were quite worried that the quality would suffer after the torrential rain, and the crops did lose a bit of colour, but the quality held up and we’ve had no problems at all.”

A preliminary survey of members revealed that winter wheat and oilseed rape yields were about average, with spring barley yielding above average.

Winter barley averaged 8t/ha (3.2t/acre), winter rape 3.9t/ha (1.6t/acre), and winter wheat yielded almost 9t/ha (3.6t/acre).

Winter oats came in at 6.5t/ha (2.6t/acre), and spring barley averaged 6.4t/ha (2.6t/acre), said Mr Barry.

“We’ve got about 75% of the crops in and dried, so we’ve got another 10-14 days of drying to go.”

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