Optimistic at Rock Farms

Carl Tuer has finished combining winter barley at Rock Farms, Alnwick, Northumberland, and is very optimistic about this year’s crops.

“The weather has been spot on, and the potential that we’ve got in the ground is the best I’ve seen for six years.”

Pearl winter barley had yielded better than the past two years, which had been rather poor – marking a return to average yields at 7.4-9t/ha (3-3.65t/acre).

“That’s quite good for the area, and it all seems to be going in for malting so far.”

Mr Tuer hoped to start cutting Catana oilseed rape today (11 August), but after a lot of rain yesterday was not sure whether it would dry enough.

“It looks very good, but you never know with oilseed rape.” He had 312ha (770 acres) of Catana, Excalibur and Flash to cut before moving into the wheat.

“The wheat looks very well – we have just started putting Roundup on, so will probably start combining on 24 or 25 August, which is on the early side of normal.”

He had 445ha (1100 acres) of wheat to cut, followed by 120ha (300 acres) of Publican spring barley. “It looks good, but will probably be the latest crop.”

With enough rainfall to benefit the ground, Mr Tuer expected to start sowing oilseed rape on Thursday or Friday this week.

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Pearl
Area: 150ha (370 acres)
Yield: 7.4-9t/ha (3-3.65t/acre)

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