Disastrous harvest

4 September 2001

Disastrous harvest

“AWFUL, the worst ever. We didnt get many winter crops in and the spring crops were a disaster,” says Robert Barr, who farms on heavy soil between Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

“We only got 4 acres of winter wheat in and it was not my fault. I wanted to start drilling on the 15th September but the seed did not arrive till the 26th September. I wont buy any off them again.”

He estimates that this crop of Claire did 7.5t/ha (3t/acre).

“Optic spring barley did between 30cwt and 2t/acre (3.7-5t/ha). Im hopeful that it will make malting, but its not a pretty sample, with too much green in places and over ripe in other places.”

Chablis spring wheat has yielded 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre). “This was only a foot high, drilled in very wet conditions at the end of April.”

Peas have averaged 3t/ha (1.25t/acre), with Nitouche doing better than Espace. The sample is ok.

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