Harvest 09: Scarcely started in Antrim

Many farmers are yet to even start the combine in Northern Ireland this year, according to Gerald Erwin of Nutts Corner, Crumlin, Co.Antrim.

“We’ve done so little harvest it’s unreal.” No winter wheat had been cut, and he cut the first of his spring barley over the weekend.

“Crops are fair to average – although quality was reasonably good – we were slightly surprised.”

The 12ha (30 acres) of Westminster had probably yielded about 5t/ha (2t/acre), and came in at 20% moisture.

“We had torrential rain on Sunday, and it’s forecast again for tomorrow (26 August). But a lot of crops are not really ready – we’re not getting much crop loss, it’s just that we can’t get into the fields.”

Harvest was only 10% through in the area, if that, said Mr Erwin. “We’re nearly in a worse situation than this time last year – at least we had winter crops which ripened earlier so we could cut them.”

Mr Erwin now had 80ha (200 acres) of Einstein winter wheat to combine, and 120ha (300 acres) of Westminster and Waggon spring barley.

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Westminster
Area: 12ha (30 acres)
Yield: ~5t/ha (2t/acre)

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