Dry Wheat, Zesty Salsa & Bespoke Gin
After a spate of autumnal weather, the South Ormsby Estate began the week basking in the hottest bank-holiday weather on record. Cool, wet weather ten days earlier made it hard to imagine harvesting our wheat at the 15% maximum moisture content needed for commercial processing. The short heatwave gave Paul Barnes, Estate Manager, a precious opportunity.
In two days of hard work over the weekend, Paul and his team completed the harvest, finishing the last 19-hectare field at 9.34pm on Sunday, leaving Monday free for a well-earned rest. The intense heat changed the moisture content of the wheat from 15.6% at 10am on Saturday to 12.1% by 6.30pm. Luckily for our team, their combine harvester and tractors were air-conditioned.