Slow start on Lincs Wolds

26 July 2001

Slow start on Lincs Wolds

H R BOURN and Sons are trying to start some Pearl winter barley this afternoon near Wragby in Lincolnshire, according to farm manager Neil Wilson.

“Its only about 85% fit, this is more of a test, although were in no rush as the long-term weather forecast looks good. Were always around two weeks behind on the Wolds.”

There is 40ha (100 acres) of Pearl and he is confident that it will yield 7.4-8.6t/ha (3-3.5t/acre).

It is the first year that they have moved from growing mainly Halcyon winter barley.

There is also oilseed rape on the farms. “This was only desiccated last Friday, so it will be another week until its ready.”

He is confident that the oilseed rape will yield higher than last year. There is also wheat to be combined, but this is not close yet.

He said, “there are a few combines working on lower ground.”

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