Shadow of wet autumn seen in Warks

Jim Meadows near Stratford-Upon-Avon in Warwickshire has seen variable results from harvest so far.

Colussus winter barley did well at 13% moisture, yielding 8t/ha and the bushel weight was “just what we need”.

The Pearl yielded 7.5t/ha, which was the same as last year. He said: “There are too many bare headlands from the wet autumn.”

He reported a neighbour’s Pearl to have yielded only 6.25t/ha, which did not make malting with 1.89% nitrogen levels.

Twenty four hectares of Caracus oilseed rape yielded a good 4t/ha, which was better than last year.

Mr Meadows said he will probably not grow barley again next year: “We have 500 acres of wheat this year, which could be 500 hectares next year!”

  • Crop/Variety: Winter barley/ Colossus, Pearl
  • Area: N/A
  • Yield: 8-7.5t/ha
  • Quality: 13% moisture, good bushel weight


  • Crop/Variety: Oilseed rape/ Caracus
  • Area: 24ha
  • Yield: 4t/ha
  • Quality: N/A


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