Rain frustrates in Northumberland

Heavy rain continued to frustrate harvest at Carl Tuer’s Rock Farms, Alnwick, Northumberland, and yields were nothing better than average.

“It’s just been absolutely unbelievable – it was horrendously wet here last night (3 September) and it’s forecast to be dreadful tomorrow.”

Mr Tuer had cut 80ha (200 acres) of Claire winter wheat, which had averaged about 10t/ha (4t/acre).

The oilseed rape yielded 3.9t/ha (1.6t/acre), with all three varieties performing the same, despite appearances. “Crops that looked really good were not a lot better than the others.”

The Pearl winter barley came in at 18% moisture and averaged 8.9t/ha (3.6t/acre). It all made malting quality, he said.

Oxbridge spring barley was only just ready, but the wheat was ripe and winter oats were lodged.

“We have got shed loads to do,” said Mr Tuer. “We haven’t had any quality losses yet but that may change after the weekend.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Claire
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: 10t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Pearl
Area: 200ha (500 acres)
Yield: 8.9t/ha (3.6t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Excalibur, Royal and Express
Area: 300ha (740 acres)
Yield: 3.9t/ha (1.6t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Humber, Alchemy and Claire
Area: 420ha (1035 acres)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Oxbridge
Area: 120ha (296 acres)

Crop: Winter oats
Variety: Dalguise
Area: 60ha (150 acres)


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