Three weeks behind in Londonderry

Harvest was about three weeks late at Robert Craig’s Carse Hall, Ballykelly, Londonderry, and he was yet to make a start on his spring barley.

“It’s only really ripe this week so it’s not too bad – there’s a lot worse in the area,” he said.

He reckoned farmers still had 50-60% of spring barley to cut in the area, and about 10-20% of their wheat.

“There are a lot of fields which have gone flat.”

However, his 50ha (125 acres) of late-drilled Riviera, Sweeney and Westminster looked reasonable, and he hoped it would average 4.9t/ha (2t/acre).

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Saffron
Area: 50ha (125 acres)
Yield: 10.4t/ha (4.2t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Riviera, Sweeney and Westminster
Area: 50ha (125 acres)


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