Pleasing results for Scots oilseed rape harvest

Oilseed rape has proved to be one of the main successes of harvest so far in Scotland, according to Frontier’s Allan Macauly, based in the Borders.

“Yields have been very good – some big units have averaged 35cwt/acre (over 4t/ha). Some on contract tonnage have found they’ve produced more than they actually need. We’ve also seen some decent oil contents at 43-44%.”

Across the country around 50-60% of the crop had been cut so far, although in the Borders region, this was probably closer to 80%, he noted.

Mr Macauly acknowledged that club root had been a problem in more northern areas, especially Aberdeenshire, and this could bring down the overall average. “Wet weather now could also have an impact on remaining crops,” he added.

In contrast winter barley had been pretty unexciting, with yields a little down on last year and quality best described as a “mixed bag”. Nitrogen contents had been a bit higher, but most crops would find a market, he said.

Very little wheat had been cut to date, added Frontier colleague Nick Baxter. “Odd bits have been done in the Borders, but most probably won’t start in earnest until well into next week.

“We’re not massively worried about the [current] wet weather. The vast majority of wheat is still standing.”

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