Harvest roundup: Monday

Dry spells over the weekend allowed some farmers to combine, but rain overnight has quashed hopes of getting on again today (27 July).

In Cambridge, Richard Cobbald was more than two-thirds of the way through his oilseed rape, and hoped to finish it by the end of this week.

The 182ha (450 acres) of Castille had yielded well on the heavy land, at about 4t/ha (1.6t/acre), but had not done so well on the lighter land, at 3.5t/ha (1.4t/acre).

Almost 5mm of rain overnight frustrated Peter Snell’s chances of combining in Dorset today.

With more than half of his oilseed rape still to do, and a poor forecast, he did not expect to back on combining until mid-week at the earliest.

But in Kent, John Beslee has finished oilseed rape, and needed a few warm days to bring the wheat on.

Although his wheat was not quite fit, he did see someone combining wheat near Thanet yesterday, he said.

Peter Holt was about two-thirds of the way through his rapeseed in Wiltshire, with yields about average at 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre).

Spring barley was still about a week away. “It looks quite good.”

Harvest was around 10 days later than normal at Russell Fraser’s Tiln Farms, Retford, Nottinghamshire.

He had cut about half of his rape and winter barley, and said the remaining barley was starting to brackle over. With more rain today he was unlikely to make further progress.

The Met Office said showers were likely to clear away this afternoon and overnight, with a drier day tomorrow but rain returning on Wednesday and Thursday across most of the country.


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