Harvest 09: Rained off in Scotland

Harvest has been rained off since Saturday (22 August) at James Muir’s Arns Farm, Clackmannan, Scotland.

Having started combining Oxbridge spring barley, he managed 20t before stopping due to high moisture, at 20.5%. “We have been rained off ever since.”

The barley sample looked good, but it was too early to tell on yield, said Mr Muir.

His Gerald winter oats performed well, coming in at 7.95t/ha (3.2t/acre), with 2% screenings and a specific weight of 54kg/hl.

“Moisture started off at 18%, but was 16.5% by the time we finished on the 8th of August.”

The Met Office was forecasting further heavy rain across the North and West on Wednesday, with localised showers continuing into the weekend.

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