Harvest a week behind at Gosmere

Harvest is about a week later than normal at Bill Harbour’s Gosmere Farm, Sheldwich, Kent.

“We thought it was going to be an early harvest at one point, but nobody seems in any great hurry this year.”

Mr Harbour had sprayed off his 45ha (111 acres) of Flash, Cabernet and Castille oilseed rape almost three weeks ago, and said it would be ready to cut before the weekend (25 July).

The 45ha (111 acres) peas looked good, as did the marigolds and 30ha (74 acres) of Canadian spring wheat, he said.

“But the winter wheat looks to be a fortnight away at least – August is going to be a major rush.”

With dry weather today farmers with crops ready to cut in the area would be able to carry on combining, he added.

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