23 October 2010

Harvesting barley

After one of the rainiest years I can remember, the harvesting started at the end of June. It was nice harvesting days!!.

Usually it doesn’t rain so much, so the farmers have to use many fertilizers but last year was not as usual. Here, in our region called "La Mancha", whose situation is the center of Spain, the typical cereal cultivated is barley but we cultivate other cereals like wheat, rye, oats... and other cultivation like sunflower, legumes...

The harvest forecast looked good and we had an average of 3200 Kg/ha. It was very comforting! (a good harvest depends on the rain, fertilizers and good farmer work). Last year, we had a big problem with wild oats because the fields were very wet and we could not sprayed herbicides...finally we were able to dominate it.

We used two harvester Claas Lexion 540, they were driven by Juan Jose de la Fuente and José María Granero (They are very good friends!!).They are professional harvesters and they have harvesting companies.

The Claas Lexion 540 harvesters have a width of 6.6 metres and they have problems when they want to travel by road. We use a trailer of 10000 Kg with our Deutz Fahr Agrotron 85 and other trailer of 6000 Kg with our John Deere 5720.

The first day was very hard and we finished late. Harvester needed to use its lights and we were harvesting until 11:30 p.m. The weather is very dry in summer so we can harvest during the day and night (it is more usual harvesting during the day and I think it is better).

You can watch a few videos: Video 1, Video 2, Video 3

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