Just spring beans left near Kelso

John Jeffrey has still got spring beans to combine at Kersknowe Farm, Kelso, Roxburghshire, but has finished cereal harvest.


“It’s been an absolute curate’s egg – the winter barley was very poor at 6.4t/ha (2.6t/acre) – the six-row Pelican was awful.

“But the Pearl all made malting, which just about made up for it.”

Marcant and Catana oilseed rape, however, performed very well, averaging 4t/ha (1.6t/acre).

“The wheat was just above average, at 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre) on my light land,” said Mr Jeffrey.

“Incredibly, the second half came in at 16% moisture, which saved on drying costs.”

But spring crops were a complete disaster, he said. “The oats looked well but didn’t manage 5t/ha (2t/acre). They’re a bonny bold sample though.”

The spring beans were not yet fit, but didn’t look exciting. “They’re very short. It’s been a very short growing season for them – they dried off early and I’m not holding my breath.”


Crop: Spring oats
Variety: Firth
Yield: <5t/ha (2t/acre)


Crop: Winter wheat
Yield: 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre)


Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Marcant and Catana
Yield: 4tha (1.6t/acre)


Crop: Winter barley
Varieties: Pearl and Pelican
Yield: 6.4t/ha (2.6t/acre)


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