Harvest Highlights: Rain stops play in the East

Combines were steaming through wheat in the west of the country today (August 23), but rain overnight meant another day off in the East.

In Essex Ben Whitworth’s wheat was too wet to combine today, and yields were about 1t/ha (0.4t/acre) down on average, at 7.5-8t/ha (3-3.2t/acre).

But over in Wales, Meurig Raymond had two combines making good progress in his winter wheat. With harvest about half way through, he hoped to finish the 162ha (400 acres) of wheat and 162ha (400 acres) of spring barley next week.

Richard Kane had also made a start on his winter wheat in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Initial yields were 1.2-2.5t/ha (0.5-1t/acre) down on normal, at 7.4-8.6t/ha (3-3.5t/acre).

Winter barley and rape yields were also down, but the 40ha (100 acres) of Westminster spring barley looked good, about two weeks away from ripening.

In Lincolnshire and Somerset Mark Ireland and Jeremy Walker were both pleased to have finished their own harvests and were busy helping out neighbours with their wheat.

Both reported wheat yields about 1.2t/ha (0.5t/acre) below normal, at about 7.4t/ha (3t/acre).

But Mr Ireland was pleased with his 486ha (1200 acres) of spring barley, which yielded 6.3-6.6t/ha (2.55-2.67t/acre) at 1.55-1.65% Nitrogen.

In the middle of the country harvest was about 70% complete, according to Oxfordshire-based grain trader Robert Kerr.

Although yields were down, high prices should compensate many growers. Both milling and malting quality were reasonable, and another five days of clear combining should wrap this harvest up, he said.

To read any of these reports in full, or see more from around the UK, visit FWi’s Harvest Highlights 2007.

* If you’ve got a harvest story then call us on 020 8652 4082. 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 this year’s challenging summer.You can also share your harvest pictures by sending them to us, to make sure they appear on our dedicated Harvest Highlights 2007 Picture Gallery.

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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