Starting out in County Down

15 August 2001

Starting out in County Down

“A LITTLE winter barley has been combined,” says Philip Davidson of North Down Grain, Ballywalter in County Down.

Weather has halted hopes of an earlier start to harvest. “It has been wet all last week. “They normally start in the first week of August,” he says. Farmers are now worried that spring barley and wheat will all come fit together in two weeks.

Yields are likely to be down. He predicts that farms may yield 4.9-6.2t/ha (2-2.5t/acre) compared to 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre) in some places last year. They have so far seen samples of Pearl and Regina for feed.

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