Splendid 2 weeks weather

5 September 2001

Splendid 2 weeks weather

TWO WEEKS of splendid weather has allowed James Grant Suttie to catch up on the late harvest. “We would normally be combining at 20% moisture on wheat, even up to 25%. But at the moment weve had it as low as 15-16%, which is unheard of in this area.”

He has combined 113ha (280 acres) out of 141ha (350 acres) of winter wheat with mixed yields. “Itll be disappointing if we dont average 10t/ha, but it is gonna be close.” He blames the poorer yields on poor drilling conditions.

The varieties are Consort, Claire and Riband. “They should make biscuit quality because they have not stood out in the rain like they normally do.”

Optic spring barley has yielded about 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre), which is below the normal 6.8-7.5t/ha (2.75-3t/acre). However quality is good with nitrogen ranging 1.35-1.5%.

He has also combined 10ha (25 acres) of Espace peas, yielding 3.5t/ha (1.4t/acre), which is below the normal 5t/ha (2t/acre). There is still another 10ha (25 acres) to combine.

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