Progress slow and disappointing

7 August 2001

Progress slow and disappointing

ABOUT 10% of winter barley has been combined for Grain Co in the far North of England, according to Gary Bright.

“Im aware it is going to be a very long harvest, as there are a lot of different commodities.”

Progress was started in the dry period last week. Moisture for winter barley was between 13-15%, but he expects crops combined at 17-19% now.

Yields have been slightly below average, about 6.8t/ha (2.75t/acre), while the area would expect 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre) in a good year.

Pearl and Regina have had encouraging nitrogen – between 1.4-1.6% – but screenings have been as high as 18%.

Oilseed rape cut in North Yorkshire for the co-op last week was between 10-12% moisture, but Mr Bright fears moisture will now be as high as 17-19% and so increasing costs.

He says yields in the region are not very good.

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