Good spring barley crop

31 August 2001

Good spring barley crop

THE spring barley crop is looking good in the middle of Scotland according to Glyn Whitehead of Aberdeen Grain. "We’ve seen about 13% of the total malting crop enter the store and about 96% will be used for malting."

Nitrogen is below 1.6% and screenings are all below 7% over a 2.5mm screen. "There are a few gapes and skinning, but not enough to make any difference at all." Optic, Chariot and Chalice have been the main varieties.

He says the winter barley harvest was a general disappointment, but farmers have accepted the situation due to the poor winter conditions. Yields depended on soil type and climate.

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