Harvest progress ahead of normal in Northern Ireland

Gerald Erwin was busy finishing off his winter wheat at Nutts Corner, Crumlin, Northern Ireland, when FWi rang him today (August 28). “The weather recently has been exceptional.”

A third consecutive feed wheat crop, it was yielding a pleasing 7.7t/ha (3.1t/acre) at 16-17% moisture. That would leave Mr Erwin with 20ha (50 acres) of spring barley to cut. “We’re about half way through the barley and it’s yielded between 4.7 and 6.2t/ha (1.9-2.5t/acre),” he said.

“Barley straw yields have also been very good here – we’re getting seven to eight round bales per acre which is very good for us.”

Having bought a second combine last year, Mr Erwin’s harvest was a week and a half ahead of normal, allowing him to move on and cut about 34ha (85 acres) of spring barley for neighbours when it ripened in a couple of weeks time.

  • Crop: Winter wheat
  • Variety: Einstein
  • Yield: 7.7t/ha (3.1t/acre)


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