Wheat looks well in Wales

Paul Philips from Newton said the rain in mid-Wales had “put a dampener on things” so he was not expecting a bumper harvest.

He said his fields were patchy and a few acres of winter barley were not looking well. His winter oats were not looking so bad by comparison, with “clean” fields.

“I’m not expecting barn-busting yields but if we’ve enough for our own use I’ll be happy,” said Mr Philips.

He said he did not get great yields like the bigger farmers because the price of tractor fuel and grain was too high for him. “Our little combine can do eight to ten acres a day which is all we want really.”

The winter wheat was reportedly looking terrible until two months ago, which he now hoped to be one his high points this year. But he was happy about the amount of straw he could get from the fields. “There’s about 12-14 bails per acre which is a bonus because I don’t need to buy it then.”


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