Rain raises crop concerns in Scotland

Iain Green is having a torrid time at Corskie Farm, Garmouth, Morayshire, after the aftermath of Hurricane Bertha brought 104mm of rain in just 14 hours.

“We’re lucky in a way, as the house and fields aren’t under water, but a lot of the spring barley has been flattened; so it will be slow combining, and the crops will be coming to harm if it doesn’t dry up quickly,” he said.

“Everything is ready, and the forecast remains wet this week – it’s just really frustrating.”

See also: Hurricane Bertha puts Scottish harvest on hold.

So far Mr Green had managed to cut 80ha of spring barley, with another 364ha of barley and 113ha of wheat left to get.

“The first of the high nitrogen spring barley was really good, coming off at 14.3% moisture and yielding 6.7t/ha,” he said. “We cut 26ha on Sunday at 23.8% moisture – but at least it’s in the barn.”

Volume, Element and Retriever winter barley was all in the shed, averaging a pleasing 9t/ha. “The first, lighter fields had low bushel weights, at 60.5-63.5kg/hl, but the later crops were better,” said Mr Green.

“The Retriever was the poorest, but we’ve had some good straw yields.”

With no oilseed rape on the farm, Mr Green now faced an anxious wait for the weather to improve. “We can’t do a lot right now, so just have to hope it will get better.”

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