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Wednesday 21 February 2018 11:39
Spring barley growers are actuality encouraged to access their berry ante if conduct is delayed and seed-beds are not ideal afterwards actual wet winter weather.
Drilling is acceptable to be pushed aback this bounce due to algid and wet soil, and alike in aboriginal conduct areas such as the South Downs bounce conduct could be two weeks away.
Mike Thornton, agriculturalist with advising accumulation ProCam, says growers should not blitz to assignment in poor altitude and they charge to authority blaze until soils dry and balmy up and again accession berry rates.
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“Growers should be cerebration of blame berry ante up as they can apprehend greater losses due to poor clay conditions,” he tells Farmers Weekly.
For aboriginal conduct into acceptable seed-beds, growers ability attending at a berry amount of 300-325 seeds/sq m, but if delayed into backward March or aboriginal April the amount ability be pushed up to 350-400 seeds/sq m, he says.
In addition, growers charge to authority aback from conduct too aboriginal as acceptable seed-beds will accord bigger berry to clay acquaintance and so acceptable altitude for balance blackgrass herbicides to work.
If growers accept already ordered their berry again he suggests they should still access the berry rate, but leave grass margins about their fields and so assignment a abate area.
He suggests growers should abstain the allurement to cut nitrogen fertiliser ante as newer malting varieties, such as Planet, acknowledgment able-bodied to nitrogen and growers can advance them harder.
Growers should additionally accede application biostimulants, such as phosphites or trace elements, advice acclaim as they performed able-bodied back plants are beneath stress, such as aftermost division due to the dry spring.
He additionally suggests growers stick with a two-fungicide programme as there are added problems with diseases like ramularia and there is the abhorrence that the ache could hit specific weights.
In a division back the AHDB Aboriginal Bird analysis suggests bounce barley drillings are estimated to be up 7% at 803,000ha, Mr Thornton warns that a big autumn could beggarly prices drop.
“I would apostle a two-spray access as there is acceptable to be a lot of barley about at autumn and growers do not appetite to be faced with low specific weights and again attractive at augment prices,” he says.
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