FG BUY&SELL        FARMERS WEATHER       ARABLE FARMING        DAIRY FARMER      FARMERS GUARDIAN        AGRIMONEY        OUR EVENTS        MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS        BLOGS        MORE FROM US

You are viewing 1 of your 2 free articles

You’ll need to join us by becoming a member to gain more access.
Already a Member?

Login Join us now

Peter Chapman: An easy harvest comes to a sudden stop, and some sad news from next door

Insights

What had been a relatively easy harvest so far came to a shuddering halt when Bertha made her appearance.

Twitter Facebook

Everything had been going so well, with the winter barley dispatched with ease and we even managed to get some into store without drying which is unheard of.

 

My initial views were correct, with the Volume comfortably out-yielding Glacier. Glacier did a very respectable 9.5 tonnes/hectare (3.8t/acre), but the bushel weight was disappointing, just making the 63kg/hl mark. Volume, however, averaged 10.5t/ha (4.25t/acre), with a better sample of 66kg/hl off the drier. There seems to be no real trend to yields in our area, with Volume delighting and disappointing in equal measure.

 

What does seem apparent though is early drilled crops seemed to disappoint more, so whether they were too forward and thick making disease control an issue remains to be seen. It just goes to show a good growing season does not always translate into yield.

 

OSR

The OSR started very well where we managed to get two-thirds lifted before the storm at a moisture content between 9 and 12 per cent. However, the high winds and heavy rain stopped the combine rolling for a week, with the last of the swaths lifted yesterday as I write. It was not a salvage operation but moisture content was up to about 15 per cent and there was a fair bit of sprouting on any tramped bouts.

 

There has been a lot of seed lost from desiccated crops in the area though, with about 30 per cent of these crops still to be harvested. We tried desiccation for two seasons, coming on the end of a bad wind shake in one of those years. Since then we have said you cannot have good performing wind turbines and desiccate rape on the same farm.

 

Harvest woes were put into perspective though, with the untimely death of a close family friend this week after a short illness. Alex Greig had been my next door neighbour for 37 years and was a very fit, wiry, 72-year-old who still completed a full day’s work with vigour. He and his wife, Iris, had four great children, with all three sons having worked with us at some time. Nothing was ever too much trouble, and you could not have asked for a better neighbour. He will be sadly missed by all in the community.

 

Rest in peace Alex.

Twitter Facebook
Rating (0 vote/s)
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

More Insights

Getting into bees

A hive of bees can prove to be a productive addition on any farm or smallholding, yielding honey for the kitchen while increasing crop yields and quality. Farmers Guardian reports.

Red Polls revive a traditional cheese

Stepping away from the commodity dairy market, Alan and Jane Hewson resurrected a traditional regional cheese to create their own niche market. Aly Balsom finds out more.

Keeping your brood happy and healthy

Having a few chickens scrabbling around the farm garden producing a daily stream of fresh eggs is any good lifer’s dream.

Smallholding a happy medium for couple's larger farming dream

A smallholding can provide a taste of paradise for those working elsewhere. Laura Bowyer visits one such couple.

New finances to feed appetite for education

A new fund to help teachers learn how to bring food and farming into the classroom is set to help thousands more children connect with farmers. Caroline Stocks finds out more.
FG Insight and FGInsight.com are trademarks of Briefing Media Ltd.
Farmers Guardian and FarmersGuardian.com are trademarks of Farmers Guardian Ltd, a subsidiary of Briefing Media Ltd.
All material published on FGInsight.com and FarmersGuardian.com is copyrighted © 2016 by Briefing Media Limited. All rights reserved.
RSS news feeds