Sticky progress in the West

Harvest is progressing slowly in the West Midlands and Wales, with ground conditions still proving tricky.

“We’ve cut some winter barley and oilseed rape here and there, where we’ve been able to travel,” said Rob Bebbington at Fieldfare Farms, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

“It’s pretty wet underfoot so we will have to go back to clear up bits and bobs when it dries out – it’s been a very slow job.”

So far, it was too early to tell what yields had been like – and there hadn’t been a lot cut in the area, he added.

“There’s nothing flying in yet; there have just been combines stuck up to the axles all over the place.”

Harvest was also extremely late at Presteigne, Powys, said David Price. “No-one is into their oilseed rape yet – everything is very late this year.”

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