Harvest Highlights: still plenty to do in the east and Scotland

Harvest was close to being completed across much of England today (August 28), but parts of the east and Scotland still had much to do.

In Kent the wheat harvest was about 90% finished, according to Jonathan Tipples, who finished his farm two and half weeks ago. His Einstein wheat yielded just under 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre), and was all likely to make milling quality.

But in Hertfordshire Robert Law only managed to get the combine rolling again yesterday, after 14 days off. “We’ve caught the worst of the weather in East Anglia and it’s a real pity because we were on course to have a really good wheat year,” he said. Bushel weights and yields had really suffered, he added.

Further west in Worcestershire, Andrew Symonds was hoping to finish his spring barley today, with an average yield of 6t/ha (2.4t/acre) and 1.55% Nitrogen.

Spring barley on Derek Lamplough’s Yorkshire farm averaged 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) at 1.6% Nitrogen, but wheat yields were about 10-12% down.

However, in Northern Ireland Gerald Erwin was pleased with his wheat, and was now half way through the spring barley – a week and a half ahead of normal thanks to his second combine.

But in the Scottish borders wheat harvest was yet to start for Stuart Fuller-Shapcott.  “We’ve had a reasonable week at last but it’s just started drizzling,” he said. With 81ha (200 acres) of Alchemy, Einstein and Solstice still standing, he hoped to make a start on the wheat over the next day or so.

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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