Harvest 09: Hail damages crops

Oilseed rape crops in North Norfolk have suffered badly from hail damage, according to agronomist Peter Riley.

“A hailstorm on Thursday knocked 20-30% of about-to-be harvested rapeseed onto the deck – the ground was littered with seed and pod shells,” he said.

However, the storms were quite localised, and after a reasonably dry weekend farmers had cut about 70% of oilseed rape and around 90% of their winter barley.

“The oilseed rape crops were incredibly variable, as were barley yields,” said Mr Riley. However, quality had been good, with bold barley samples.

Farmers were now combining wheat in Suffolk and South Norfolk, with reasonable early indications of yield.

But with wheat only just becoming fit in North Norfolk, most farmers had caught up with crop development, and harvest was about 25% complete, he added.


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