Harvest roundup: Thursday

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Harvest is almost complete across the country, with just a few fields left to finish up in Scotland and Northern Ireland over the weekend.


Jim Whiteford had finished combining at Shandwick Mains, Tain, Inverness, and expected most people to finish up this week.


His Viscount and Istabraq winter wheat yielded 10.4t/ha (4.2t/acre), while Waggon spring barley averaged 7t/ha (2.85t/acre).


In Kelso, Charlie Stewart had almost finished harvest at Merton Estates, with just spring oilseed rape left to cut.


“Our yields were not particularly brilliant this year because the winter crops went into such poor conditions – although the spring crops were alright.”


But in Yorkshire, winter wheat had done well at Phil Dowson’s High House Farm, Richmond.


“It’s been a frustrating, stop-start harvest, but we got a decent final week of sunny weather. It’s just the prices that are the biggest downer.”


Winter cereals also performed well at Charlie Watson-Smyth’s Tregirls Farm, Padstow, Cornwall, but spring crops were disappointing.


“It was too dry in the spring, so the Tipple spring barley yielded just below 2t/acre (5t/ha).”


Autumn-sown crops which established well yielded above average at Jamie Rogers’ White Hall Farm, Hampton Bishop, Hereford.


“Quality was good, and yields were good where the crops got away well, but on the heavier land they struggled a bit with flooding.”


In Northern Ireland, Richard Kane was cutting spring barley today (17 September) at Broglasgow House, Myroe, Londonderry.


“We’re about 80% through harvest – and most people have got about 10% left in the area.”







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