25 July 2001
Quality, not quantity, wanted in Wiltshire
ROBERT LAWTON, farming at Aldbourne in Wiltshire, started combining Regina malting winter barley this morning.
The farm is based on chalk, between 700-800ft above sea level, “this is about the normal time we start,” he said.
He expects it to yield 7.5t/ha (3t/acre), which is average. “If we dont get the quality we could be stuffed, yield will not be as important this year.”
He stated he had problems with the winter drilling, which were due to the weather.
He added, “I only saw one combine working on my way through yesterday. Its a very patchy start.”