Pleased with barley near Salisbury

Peter Lamb has finished cutting spring barley at Knighton Manor Farm, Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, and is pleased with quality despite the late season.

“We got rained off on 14 August last year – and rained off on the same date this year,” he said.

“Last year, everything germinated, but this year it hasn’t because it’s been so cold.

“The crops are also slightly later than normal, which has made them slower to combine because the stems were still green.”

Tipple and Quench, cut on Tuesday (29 August), had the same germination as the same crops cut three weeks ago, said Mr Lamb.

“We were so worried about the weather that we, as part of the Chalke Valley Farming Partnership, went out and bought a second hand combine.

“The wheat was so wet on Tuesday that we went into the malting barley at 19% moisture instead, and took it straight down to Wiltshire Grain.”

Mr Lamb was now combining winter wheat, and was pleased with yields so far.

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