Two more days needed to finish spring barley

Two more dry days should see harvest completed at James Chamberlain’s Glebe Farm in Yorkshire.

“I’ve finished the wheat and have a couple more days on the spring barley,” he said. Wheat yields were 10% down, but better than expected, at about 9t/ha (3.7t/acre). Quality of the Solstice and Malacca cut before the rain was good, but Mr Chamberlain expected the wheat cut after the rain to be feed grade because it lodged so badly.

“We had two inches of rain in mid-August and it rained every day for seven days. That didn’t help the spring barley either, as that is now lodged too.”

The Westminster, Quench and Waggon spring barley yielded 6.8t/ha (2.75t/acre) so far, and Mr Chamberlain expected quality of the seed crops to be fine.

“There are odd spots of rain today but we are combining, and will be done on Sunday night (September 2) all things being equal. We’ve also got some straw to bale but really need some sun on it before we do.”

  • Crop: Winter wheat
  • Varieties: Solstice and Malacca
  • Yield: 9t/ha (3.7t/acre)


  • Crop: Spring barley
  • Varieties: Westminster, Quench and Waggon
  • Yield: 6.8t/ha (2.75t/acre)

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