Spring barley© Oli Hill/RBI
Essex grower Ed Ford has switched to spring barley to help him beat blackgrass on his heavy clay land and a new drill is already helping with the transition. The spring crop has replaced poor-yielding oilseed rape and hit malting specifications, while a new Cross Slot drill is helping to improve soil health. The farm has had a persistent blackgrass problem for a number of years and after stale seed-bed techniques and fallowing land failed to bring the difficult grassweed […]