Rape was ready to cut at Sandy Alison’s Turnhouse Farm

Rape was ready to cut at Sandy Alison’s Turnhouse Farm, Edinburgh, but heavy rain was preventing any combining today (11 August).


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“The rape has been ready to cut since Friday – since then we’ve had two inches of rain,” he said. So far he had recorded 130 mm of rain since the beginning of August – more than double the month’s average of 50-60mm.

“We’re supposed to be roundupping wheat today. Some of it is giving up the will to stand in the deluges.”

Mr Alison had 40ha (100 acres) of Mendel rape to cut and 323ha (800 acres) of wheat – and wanted to finish by the end of September to get next year’s crops in the ground.

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Mendel
Area: 40ha (100 acres)

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Cordiale
Area: 80ha (200 acres)

Varieties: Consort and Alchemy
Area: 243ha (600 acres)



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