Combines are charging through crops up and down the country, making the most of the welcome dry spell.
In Morayshire, Martin Bridges was busy combining today (11 September), and hoped to finish by the end of the weekend.
“We had three inches of rain in 36 hours last week, but it’s dried up well,” he said. Gales on Tuesday helped to dry crops and ground conditions out further, but did cause more crop damage.
Harvest was also back underway at Jim Whiteford’s Shandwick Mains, Tain, Inverness, after a week without combining due to heavy rain.
“Harvest resumed on Wednesday with vengeance,” he said. “The high pressure sitting on us promises us days of good weather, which are much needed.”
Paul Temple had finished harvest at Wold Farm, Driffield, East Yorkshire, having escaped lightly with the wet weather.
“We have been fortunate – we escaped the worst of the weather, and have even baled the straw in good condition,” he said.
Harvest was almost finished in Wiltshire, with just beans and linseed still to cut, said James Stafford of Pickwick Lodge Farm, Corsham.
“Yields have been pleasing, but we cut a lot of it a bit wet, at 16-16.5% moisture, which was annoying. We only had about three days when it was completely dry.”
James Bowditch had almost finished combining at North Bowood Farm, Bridport, Dorset, with just 15ha (37 acres) left.
“Thank goodness we had a lot of crimped wheat to be getting on with, which kept us going every morning even when it was a bit wet.”
In Gloucestershire, winter wheat had excelled itself at Ian Branstone’s Bourton Hill Farm. “It’s produced the best yields we’ve ever had – it’s come off really well.”
The 120ha (300 acres) of Einstein first wheat had averaged 11t/ha (4.5t/acre), he said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
But in Dyfed, Wales, harvest was still only about 75% complete, said Meurig Raymond.
“It’s been extremely frustrating – we didn’t have many days’ combining between 20 August and 3 September.”
However, he was now combining Tipple spring barley, and had 120ha (300 acres) to finish, as well as spring oilseed rape and beans.
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