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Andy Mahon on his UK 2021 Harvest & Prospects for 2022

Andy Mahon, an Irish man and farm manager of a large farm in the UK, returns to the Tillage Edge this week to discuss with Michael Hennessy how his season went from June to December this year.

Andy reported exceptional yields (11t/ha) from his winter wheats in 2021 (on a direct drill system) but was disappointed with the spring wheat.

Andy described the harvest as ‘the wettest dry weather’ they had for some time and by that. he meant the dull weather over harvest slowed drying and most grains were harvested at 17-18 MC, or very similar to an Irish harvest.  

Andy commented that the autumn drilling went extremely well given all the good weather.  However, knowing what he knows now, he would have preferred to delay planting for at least a couple of weeks to help control blackgrass on the farm.

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