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Jim Macfarlane finished his wheat at Edintore, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, yesterday (25 September), leaving just 14ha (35 acres) of beans to cut.

“The beans are barely fit – it would have been nice to get them finished today but they’re not ready.”

Wheat yields had been good until the torrential rain a few weekends ago, when 92mm fell in just two days, said Mr Macfarlane.

“The last stuff was a bit sprouted, but not nearly as bad as expected.” Robigus had sprouted the worst, with Zebedee performing the best, he said.

“There’s a lot still to cut around here. A lot of people have been getting through spring barley this week and have only been into wheat for a few days.”

He reckoned there was still about a third of the wheat to cut in the area. “It’s a shame because the crops were really outstanding before we started and it just turned into a salvage job.”

Mr Macfarlane had managed to drill about a third of his oilseed rape, and a third of that had been ruined by flooding, he reckoned. He was now drilling winter barley.

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Oxbridge
Area: 39ha (96 acres)
Yield: 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Catana, Lioness and Flash
Area: 51ha (125 acres)
Yield: 4.4t/ha (1.8t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Cassata
Area: 22ha (55 acres)
Yield: 8.6t/ha (2.5t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Zebedee, Robigus and Alchemy
Area: 94ha (232ha)


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