Martin Bridges hoped to make a start on oilseed rape at Moray Estates

Martin Bridges hoped to make a start on oilseed rape at Moray Estates, Scotland, today (8 August), having finished the winter barley.


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The barley yielded well, with a Pearl / Pict blend averaging 8t/ha (3.25t/acre) and topping 12.3t/ha (5t/acre) in one part of the field. “We’ve been growing blends for the past few years and it seems to have boosted our yields and improved the sample.”

27ha (67 acres) of Boost yielded 9.6t/ha (3.9t/acre), with Saffron yielding the same. A 1ha (2.5 acre) trial plot of Volume exceeded 9.9t/ha (4t/acre). “I’m certainly encouraged by these new varieties and I’ve got some more seed ordered,” said Mr Bridges.

He now had 178ha (440 acres) of rape to cut, much of which had lodged and been attached by pigeons. The 425ha (1050 acres) of spring barley was at least two weeks away, and the 271ha (670 acres) of wheat would not be ready until September, he added.

Crop: Winter barley
Varieties: Pearl and Pict
Area: 151ha (373 acres)
Yield: 8t/ha (3.25t/acre)

Variety: Boost
Area: 27ha (67 acres)
Yield: 9.6t/ha (3.9t/acre)

Variety: Saffron
Area: 28ha (70 acres)
Yield: 9.6t/ha (3.9t/acre)

Variety: Volume
Area: 1ha (2.5t/acre)
Yield: 9.9t/ha (4t/acre)



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