Maris Otter barley ready for harvest© Gary Naylor
Nestled in a hive of craft and micro-breweries near England’s sunny South Coast, Winchester grower Sam Burge is pushing to get maximum yield out of the old but highly sought-after malting barley variety Maris Otter. Having grown the ageing winter variety since 2013, Mr Burge and his agronomist, Richard Alderman, are now tinkering with inputs and rates to bump up yields to 7t/ha and beyond. The farm moved away from growing other winter barley varieties such as Flagon and Cassata […]