Rain delays harvest near Dunbar

Appalling weather has badly delayed harvest at Spott Estate, Dunbar, East Lothian, where manager James Drury is still combining winter barley.

“It’s been a horrendous couple of weeks – we’ve had over six inches of rain in the past seven to 10 days.”

He hoped to finish the Cassata tonight (23 August), and was pleased with yields of 8.2t/ha (3.3t/acre) over a weighbrige.

“It’s a bit late, but it’s still holding its malting quality.”

Oilseed rape did “extraordinarily well”, with Temple yielding 5.48t/ha (2.22t/acre) and Excalibur 4.87t/ha (1.97t/acre).

Mr Drury had just sprayed off the winter wheat, so expected to be combining that in seven to 10 days time.

Spring barley would come after that, having not yet been sprayed off.

“Hopefully ground conditions will allow us to get oilseed rape back in; it’s horrendous underfoot.

“It’s been too wet to do any min-till work; we’ve resorted to ploughing ahead of the rape, just to get some groundwork done.”

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Cassata
Yield: 8.2t/ha (3.3t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Temple
Yield: 5.49t/ha (2.22t/acre)

Variety: Excalibur
Yield: 4.87t/ha (1.97t/acre)

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