There is no need for spring barley growers to fear lodging problems, providing they follow advice to assess soil nitrogen reserves and monitor crop development. Unusual seasonal factors, together with the lower lodging resistance scores of some varieties, were to blame for the bad experiences in 2017, when dry winter and spring conditions interfered with applied nitrogen uptake and planned plant growth regulator programmes. As a result, when the rain finally arrived in May, there was rapid growth from the […]