Winter Wheat in N-E Scotland is not quite ready whilst spring barley is on the horizon

Farmer Focus writer Ian Green hoped to begin his 92ha (230 acres) of still green winter wheat (including Robigus and Riband) within three weeks time.

This was just one focus on his farm in Morayshire, Scotland where he had a total of 520ha (1300 acres) of cereal crops.

He had 80ha (200 acres) winter barley cut including Boost, Colossus, and Saffron. The first two hybrids yielded 7.75-8 t/ha (3.1-3.2 t/acre) dry. He had problems with green barley straws when combining and said wet weather had been to blame.

He hoped to begin his 330ha (825 acres) of spring barley in 10 days. They looked good and he hoped they would go for malting.

Waterlogged ground was still a major problem on the farm after he’d received 33mm of rain last weekend within 24 hours.

“So far it’s been a stop start season, weather-wise, I’ve given up looking at the forecast.”

• Crop: Winter barley
o Area: 80ha (200 acres)
o Varieties: Boost, Colossus, and Saffron.
o Yield: 3.1-3.2 t/ha dry


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