Harvest Highlights: barley makes good progress

Another day of fine weather means many growers are nearing the end of their winter barley harvest, although oilseed rape appears to be slower going, according to reports today (1 August).

Stuart Fuller-Shapcott of Sweethope near Kelso cut the last of his winter barley last night and was looking forward to oilseed rape. The barley yielded 2.75 t/ha for Pearl and 3 t/ha for Cyprus. “The rain has slowed us up, but I’m pleased with overall progress,” he said.

After finishing his barley, Sussex farmer James Fuggle was combining SW Dalguise winter oats at Chessons Farm, Wadhurst this morning.

“We’ve still got a long way to go, but with the sun shining we’re getting there now.”

Reg Pearce of Mill Farm, Tytherington was having his Boost winter barley collected when FWi called this morning. The 20ha (50 acres) came in at 8.75t/ha (3.5 t/acre) with 96% germination. The oilseed rape he had managed to cut came in at 4-4.25 t/ha.

“It’s hard work. It’s a terrible year, but fingers crossed, we’ll have ten days of good weather,” he commented.

But things were not going quite so well for Richard Ward of, Barton-on-the-Heath, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, who was combining Carat winter barley today, instead of his oilseed rape, which was on wet ground.

“Progress is slow and we need some good dry weather to dry the ground out or God knows what we’ll do,” he said.

Robert Tullis, Lutterworth, Leics. was waiting for the last third of his Hearty High Erucic Acid Rape (HEAR) to be picked up today and expected to start wheat soon, “I think it will be ready by the weekend” he said.

Meanwhile, in north Essex, Peter Wombwell of Rectory Farm, Ickleton, planned to begin harvesting 22ha (55 acres) Prophet peas later today and he hoped to have them finished by tomorrow.

“The whole situation could change, but we’re feeling better with the better price margins. So far so good,” he ended.

* If you’ve got a harvest story then call our dedicated harvest reporter David Kemp on 020 8652 4073. You can also get involved on the new FWiSpace forums where you can chat directly with other farmers and share the high and lows of what is shaping up to be a challenging summer.

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We are hoping to print a selection of the best harvest pictures submitted each week in Farmers Weekly magazine. Please be aware that for use in the magazine we will need pictures to be taken using the highest quality setting on your camera.

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