Edward Davison grew spring barley for the first time on his Cambridgeshire heavy land farm last summer and harvested a 10t/ha-plus bumper crop of premium-priced malting grain. It was escalating blackgrass and declining returns that prompted him into spring cropping, although he had previously seen barley as a weed on his largely wheat and oilseed rape growing farm. After blackgrass herbicide resistance was detected and as spending on residual weedkillers rose, he decided a change was needed to the farm’s […]