Harvesting the Ballinaby barley fields


A collection of photographs from the malting barley harvest at Ballinaby on the Rhinns of Islay taken last week.  Andrew Jones of Coull Farm had planted around 50 acres of concerto barley for Bruichladdich and he was being helped to gather it in by his father Donald and neighbour Mark French of Rockside.  The grain is destined to be malted and distilled to provide spirit for our Islay Barley releases in years to come.

Harvesting the Ballinaby barley fieldsConditions for the harvest were perfect.  A high pressure system had settled over the west coast giving us a run of precious fine dry sunny days, exactly what the combines needed to roll.  A fresh breeze also helped to dry off the inevitable morning dew which enabled the work to start early in the day.

The barley variety planted was Concerto, with the crop yield per acre on the light sandy soils of Ballinaby well over two tons an acre which is extremely encouraging.  The moisture content was around 21%, which is also good by Islay standards.

Harvesting the Ballinaby barley fields

There was some dramatic video of the harvest shot by Mo and Matt of Crows Nest Films who have been visiting Islay regularly during 2013 to record the different stages of the barley cycle, as our farming partners continue to grow for Bruichladdich.

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