8th September 2017
Harvest at Longford started two weeks earlier this year compared to 2016. This was due to the searing heat that we had in June which made the crops ripen unseasonably early.
Our new combine arrived in good time ready to tackle the Oil Seed Rape located in a block on the gravel soils at New Court, Downton. Yields were very respectable and the seed wheat and milling wheat followed however frustratingly so did the inclement weather.
Three weeks of virtually no combining meant that there was considerable pressure to harvest the Spring Malting Barley before germination. This was thankfully achieved although during this period all other standing crops had reached maturity.
Staff morale has remained strong although logistics have not been easy – the grain dryer has been put to good use this harvest!
As I write only a small about of Oats and Linseed remain.