Harvest roundup: Friday

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Torrential rain over the past 48 hours has caused widespread flooding in the North of England and Scotland, bringing back memories of last year.

In Aberdeenshire, cars were under water and bales were floating down the river at AJ Duncan Farms’ Muirden Farm, Turriff.

“The roads are shut – it’s a bit of a disaster,” said farms manager Sandy Norrie.

Incessant rain over the past 30 hours had saturated the ground at Andrew Peddie’s Conceres Farm, Astruther, Fife.

“We started the wheat on Tuesday (1 September) and we’ve had over 60mm of rain since then,” he said. “The ground is very wet, but it’s not disastrous yet.”

In Berwick-Upon-Tweed rivers were flooding again, exactly one year on to the day of last year’s disasters.

“It’s unbelievable. But thankfully, we’re quite well through,” said Jim Macfarlane. He reckoned most people were about two-thirds of the way through their wheat in the area.

Harvest had gone well at David Hinchliffe’s Bank House Farm, Goole, Yorkshire, despite a tricky start.

He had finished his winter wheat, and just had 3ha (8 acres) of linseed and 46ha (115 acres) of Fuego spring beans to combine.

And in Berkshire, Richard and George Brown had just an hour’s combining left at Priors Farm, Peasemore, after being rained off when cutting spring oats.

As well as the spring oats at Priors, George had spring oats, beans and spring wheat to contract combine at Sheepdrove Farm, Lambourn. “Four dry days and we’ll be done.”

In Worcestershire, Andrew Symonds had finished harvest at Lincoms Farm, but there was still quite a lot of wheat to cut in the area.

“We hadn’t had to dry much – we missed a lot of the heavy showers as it’s been so localised,” he said.

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