Rapid ripening for Somerset barley

Forty hectares (100acres) of Carat winter barley was “drying quickly” from the “intensely hot” weather, said Jeremy Walker from Haddon Farm in Bridgewater, Somerset.


Mr Walker told FWi: “We haven’t tested the moisture but it is going down”. He hopes to start harvest on Saturday (July 16), although some neighbours have already begun.


Although “things have dried up rapidly”, he said it still looked promising, and he was pleased that the crop was still standing.


Haddon Farm sprayed Roundup (glyphosate) on the oilseed rape, needing around 10 days before harvest can start. Roundup will also be sprayed on the later-drilled varieties which were “coming in quite fast”.


Hopes are high, but of the growing crops Mr Walker said, “everything just needs a good drink”

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