Into wheat near Edinburgh

Sandy Allison has finished combining oilseed rape at Turnhouse Farm, Edinburgh, but was rained off shortly after starting wheat four or five days ago.


“There are flash floods in mid-Lothian today (26 August) but we’ve only had 3mm here, so could be back on combining again tomorrow if it stays dry.”

So far he had cut 10% of his wheat at between 16% and 27% moisture, and was happy with yields to date.

“We’ve got Gallant ready to go, and it looks as though there’s a reasonable yield there.”

Cracker oilseed rape yielded a pleasing 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre).

But spring beans and winter wheat were suffering in the wet and cloudy conditions.

“There’s been a distinct lack of sun, and the crops have stood still for two weeks – they are just not ripening.”

Mr Allison had also found sprouted grains in wheat crops. “That was two weeks ago, when the straw was still green.

“If wheat was £100/t and we were faced with drying charges like we will incur this year, I would not be happy. But at today’s prices it’s worth getting.”


Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Cracker
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)


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