Harvest behind normal near Edinburgh

Harvest progress is generally a week later than normal in the Edinburgh area, said Sandy Alison at Turnhouse Farm.

He recently finished 80ha of Paragon spring barley at 7.5t/ha. He was pleased with the “just ripe” moisture levels of 17% as it meant little drying was needed.

Winter wheat was “barely ripe” but he was cutting early, meaning a large amount of drying was needed. “We’re into September now so it really has to be cut.”

Mr Alison said yields were very good with Robigus at 10t/ha and Consort out-yielding this at 11.25t/ha.

He expects there to be four more days of wheat harvest remaining, with most growers in the area at the same stage if they had worked at full combine capacity. He said progress was delayed due to a lack of sun in July meaning crops had not ripened.

The main problem this year was his oilseed rape which yielded a disappointing 2.9t/ha, due to four nights of frost during flowering in May.

  • Crop/Variety: Paragon spring barley

  • Area: 80ha

  • Yield: 7.5t/ha

  • Quality: 17 % moisture


  • Crop/Variety: Robigus winter wheat

  • Area: 160ha

  • Yield: 10t/ha

  • Quality: N/A


  • Crop/Variety: Consort winter wheat

  • Area: 160ha

  • Yield: 11.25t/ha

  • Quality: N/A

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