Harvest Highlights: rain continues to frustrate

Widespread wet weather across the country is limiting harvesting, causing frustration among farmers eager to make a start or to continue with cutting crops.

Richard Payne from Heathfield Manor Farm, Taunton in Somerset reported that, “the heavens just opened” after a failed harvest attempt. He had been able to combine 4.4-4.6t/ha of Lioness oilseed rape between showers, but was struggling to cut his winter barley.

A similar lack of progress had been made in Wiltshire by Roger Moore, of Manor Farm, Stapleford, “ we won’t do any today we’ve had  heavy storms,” he said. He had 150 acres of Castille and Lioness oilseed rape untouched while ryegrass seed crops had began to lodge.

Lodging was also an issue for Alistair Pinkerton of Blackbirds farm, Aldenham in Hertfodshire. His winter oats had started to “flatten,” he said. “It will be serious if it stays wet.” He added: “I just can’t get started.”

Keep track of harvest progress with FWi’s Harvest Highlights, which is updated daily and features reports from around the country. You can also view our Harvest 2007 picture gallery.

Harvest highlights 2007 is sponsored by RAGT.

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