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TITLE
Harvesting Techniques in Caithness (1 of 4)
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CAITHNESS_CROFTING_160
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
George Sutherland
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
41435
KEYWORDS
crofting
crofters
crofter
croft
crofts
thrashing
binding
harvest
harvesting
audio

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Caithness resident, Mr George Sutherland, was born in 1907 into a crofting or farming environment.

In this audio extract from the 1980s, he talks about cutting oats or barley with a horse binder. The first stage was cutting a road with a scythe to allow the horse and binder in. A squaar is the term for a width of cut sufficient to allow this.

Mr Sutherland goes on to describe the modern practice of spraying barley with Propcorn to prevent fungal growth as it is transferred by auger from trailer to storage. Propcorn smells strongly like vinegar. He also touches on how wet weather can interfere with harvesting.

[full transcription to follow soon]

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Harvesting Techniques in Caithness (1 of 4)

CAITHNESS

1980s

crofting; crofters; crofter; croft; crofts; thrashing; binding; harvest; harvesting; audio

Highland Libraries

Caithness Recordings: Crofting & Farming

Caithness resident, Mr George Sutherland, was born in 1907 into a crofting or farming environment.<br /> <br /> In this audio extract from the 1980s, he talks about cutting oats or barley with a horse binder. The first stage was cutting a road with a scythe to allow the horse and binder in. A squaar is the term for a width of cut sufficient to allow this.<br /> <br /> Mr Sutherland goes on to describe the modern practice of spraying barley with Propcorn to prevent fungal growth as it is transferred by auger from trailer to storage. Propcorn smells strongly like vinegar. He also touches on how wet weather can interfere with harvesting. <br /> <br /> [full transcription to follow soon]