Just two hours left near Marazion

Matthew Collins has got about two hours of combining left to do near Chy-Vellan Farm, Marazion, Cornwall.

“I haven’t been on since Friday (16 September), and it was torrential yesterday,” he said. “But it’s drying today so hopefully we’ll get it tomorrow.”

The spring barley hadn’t looked good on Friday, having brackled over, so Mr Collins did not expect it to be easy to cut. “What I think will take two hours might end up taking four.”

Most crops in the area were now safely in the barn, and yields had been extremely variable.

“We do a lot of spring barley, and it’s ranged from 5t/ha to over 7.4t/ha (2-3t/acre).

“Some of the later drilled crops have not been very good, while the early drilled stuff was fantastic.”

A major brassica growing area, there was no oilseed rape to get in the ground, but Mr Collins was ploughing ahead of winter barley today. “We’ll get that drilled next week.”

Harvest of spring greens would begin in two or three weeks time, followed by winter cauliflowers in about a month.

Crop: Spring barley
Yield: 5-7.4t/ha (2-3t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Saffron
Yield: >7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

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