Norfolk spring barley harvested

Norfolk farmer Nick Pratt cut 20ha of Cocktail spring barley on July 18 in Downham Market. The crop yielded 5.5t/ha at 13.5% moisture, 72kg/hl bushel weight and 1.7% nitrogen.

“Considering how incredibly early it is I am very pleased with quality. Yield is a little down on what I expected – it had the look of a 6t crop until the last fortnight.”

He had also cut 46ha of Flagon winter barley. Yields were disappointing at 6.5t/ha again because “it looked like a 7.5t crop until very recently”. Moisture was at 12.8%, with bushel weights of 71kg/hl and 1.85% nitrogen.

Mr Pratt began cutting oilseed rape on July 19, with moisture levels between 5.5% and 9.1% where it had not been desiccated. Yields were “struggling” at 3.25t/ha in Winner, and 3.35t/ha in a small amount of Kalif.

He added: “I dare not say anything about wheat as I know that crops on light land will go, and neighbours are reportedly into wheat at 10% moisture!” He planned to concentrate on the last rape and barley for another week before thinking about the wheat.

• Crop: Spring barley
• Variety: Cocktail
• Area: 20ha
• Yield: 5.5t/ha
• Quality: 13.5% moisture, 72kg/hl bushel weight, 1.7% nitrogen

• Crop: Winter barley
• Variety: Flagon
• Area: 46ha
• Yield: 6.5t/ha
• Quality: 12.8% moisture, 71kg/hl bushel weight, 1.85% nitrogen

• Crop: Oilseed rape
• Variety: Winner and Kalif
• Yields: Winner – 3.25t/ha, Kalif – 3.35t/ha
• Quality: Moisture 5.5% – 9.1%

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