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With fewer input costs, prime opportunities to hit blackgrass and premium prices for malting and brewing, spring barley is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Average yields were up 2.4% this harvest and an AHDB early bird survey of cropping intentions conducted by Andersons suggests that the spring barley area for the 2016 harvest will have increased by 10%.  Most spring barley varieties can be used for malting, provided fertiliser is applied early to keep grain nitrogen levels low.  See also: Resistant blackgrass forces cut in […]