Harvest 09: Rain again in Scotland

Drizzle in Scotland has brought Frank Thomson’s harvest to a halt again at Burnside of Tynet, Clochan, Morayshire.

“It was wet on Sunday and it’s all stop-start again.”

Crops were testing at 20% moisture yesterday (14 September), so Mr Thomson decided not to carry on combining.

“The way prices are you just can’t afford to be drying down from those levels.”

He still had about 120ha (300 acres) of wheat and spring barley to cut, as well as 28ha (70 acres) of oats. “If we just get a decent window, a few days would do it.”

However, yields and quality had been good so far, he said. “We have been very pleased.”

Alchemy winter wheat had yielded almost 10t/ha (4t/acre), and the Viscount looked extremely promising.

The Optic and Oxbridge spring barley had made the malting grade, although prices were abysmal. “It’s very depressing.”

Most farmers in lowland areas had finished harvest, leaving just those in the uplands with crops left to cut, he added.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Alchemy
Yield: <10t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Grace
Area: 28ha (70 acres)
Yield: 4.1t/ha (1.67t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Volume
Area: 28ha (70 acres)
Yield: 9.3-9.9t/ha (3.75-4t/acre)

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