Olly Blogs goes combining barley..............in December!!

glasshouse

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lothians
He hasnt been too successful in harvesting it in previous years though.

I've know of more than a few fields round here that still have ordinary spring barley to cut.
Weather gave up seriously on last day of September and there has been hardly any chance since, especially if ground is soft.
Thats aberdeenshires payback for autumn 2019/ when it was dry there and rest of uk swimming
 

Dry Rot

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Livestock Farmer
He hasnt been too successful in harvesting it in previous years though.

I've know of more than a few fields round here that still have ordinary spring barley to cut.
Weather gave up seriously on last day of September and there has been hardly any chance since, especially if ground is soft.
It must have been late 1970s - early 1980s I saw stooked oats still out above Dufftown with the snow on it. Most of that would have been got in after drying sheaves of oats by hanging them on the wire fences. But I never saw barley still to cut, though don't disbelieve it. Makes me smile when I read about the despair of southerners because their hay got a shower of rain! :)
 

thorpe

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He hasnt been too successful in harvesting it in previous years though.

I've know of more than a few fields round here that still have ordinary spring barley to cut.
Weather gave up seriously on last day of September and there has been hardly any chance since, especially if ground is soft.
feck it id have had it crimped given half a chance ! aq bird in the hand!
 

glasshouse

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lothians
It must have been late 1970s - early 1980s I saw stooked oats still out above Dufftown with the snow on it. Most of that would have been got in after drying sheaves of oats by hanging them on the wire fences. But I never saw barley still to cut, though don't disbelieve it. Makes me smile when I read about the despair of southerners because their hay got a shower of rain! :)
Harvest 2000 was the only harvest we never got finished in the worst wettest farming year ever.
About sixty acres of barley, linseed and beans were written off
 

fermerboy

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Location
Banffshire
Thats aberdeenshires payback for autumn 2019/ when it was dry there and rest of uk swimming
Aberdeenshire and dry autumn aren't words you'd usually see in a sentence.
Anyway I'm in the Whisky county, not that its any better!! :LOL::LOL:
It must have been late 1970s - early 1980s I saw stooked oats still out above Dufftown with the snow on it. Most of that would have been got in after drying sheaves of oats by hanging them on the wire fences. But I never saw barley still to cut, though don't disbelieve it. Makes me smile when I read about the despair of southerners because their hay got a shower of rain! :)
To be fair there are only a couple of pockets not cut now, but there are bits of straw lying to bale, last year was the same, neighbour ended up baling in March, even demoed a new baler then too. :D:D
feck it id have had it crimped given half a chance ! aq bird in the hand!
In Ollys case, trying to double crop, I'd think that either crimp or wrap it up for silage would be the way to go, far better chance of getting it in better order.
See them trying double crops in the USA on Youtube, but their season is so much drier than here.

Would break me taking that nice combine he has out to get mucky in December. :confused:
 

Lakes Nash

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Mixed Farmer
Location
South lakes
Christmas Eve, here in south lakes 2 farms cut n baled grass more so to clear the fields of dead dying fodder, all low lying ground, mower looked like a snow plough! Fields all recovered, haven’t a clue how the forage turned out!
 

Wuffler

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Location
Northumberland
It was about this time last year a non farming friend of mine sent me a photo of two Lexions near where he lives depressingly trudging their way through a grey mat of spring barley.
He asked me: "Is this normal?"
Me: "Erm, well not really"
A few minutes later he sent a message telling me they had packed in combining as it was snowing! :D
This farm is 900ft above sea level so I suppose you reap what you sow...late in this case!
 

fermerboy

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Location
Banffshire
2.8t off 16 acres. Waste of time.
Agree, but interesting none the less. Did he say no inputs other that the seed? Wonder how much was lost on the ground ?
Like to know why people are knocking him for doing its his choice to try it.
Not knocking him at all, good on him for trying it, and interesting too. Need the weather and the location to make it work.
 

Exfarmer

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Bury St Edmunds
In 68/69 we were baling the straw from a crop the following february, had the first dry spell and weredesperate for the straw. It was an awful job to get up the pick up, just rolled along in front
 

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