Harvest Highlights: Farmers, Growers and Harvesters country-wide make one last dash today for wheat before the rain arrives tomorrow

Farmers across the country were trying to grab as much wheat as possible today [13 August] ahead of predicted midweek rains.


This afternoon Sussex farmer James Fuggle was waiting to finish the last half of his Robigus winter wheat on Chessons Farm, Wadhurst. It had been treated with pre-harvest Roundup.


However he added: “As soon as tomorrow comes, it will probably start to rain.” however.


Edward Whitfield of Gibbs Farm, near Spalding began combining at 8:00am this morning as he was worried about Tuesday’s forecast. “We’ll combine until it won’t go,” he said.


He had 70ha (175 acres) of Welford and Cordial to cut before the rain arrived.


Tim Carson was also desperate to finish the last of his 400ha (1000 acres) of wheat before the rain arrived.


Combining Robigus wheat at Alton Barnes, Devizes, Wiltshire, he said: “Neither Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday looks very clever.”


In Dorset, Keith Harris the wheat harvest was due to finish within a day at Manor Farm, Silton, Gillingham after ten days work.


Mr Harris also hoped showers wouldn’t interfere with combining, with just 25ha (62.5 acres) to go.


In contrast Doug Fowlie of Millhill Farm, Longside, Peterhead, Scotland was waiting to begin spring barley and winter wheat after having finished oilseed rape and winter barley.


He said, “Just every second day it has been wet, it’s been a devil to contend with in our small corner though I don’t think we’ve had it as bad here with the rain as others have had.”



Adrian Howell of Proctor, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire planned to combine Robigus and Brompton winter wheat this morning.


He ended saying: “We’re happy with progress; we’re further forward now than for many years. In terms of yields we’re behind, but we’re encouraged with the prices.”


* 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.


You can also share your harvest pictures by sending them to david.kemp@rbi.co.uk who will make sure they appear on our dedicated Harvest Highlights 2007 Picture Gallery (www.fwi.co.uk/Community/photos/harvesthighlights)


If you prefer, we can set you up with your own gallery where you can upload pictures at any time to share them with other farmers.


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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