1 August 2001
Variable barley emerging in West

THE harvest is proceeding in the West region of the country. There are mixed reports from barley, says Paul Crumps of Shropshire Grain.

The yields are varied, but generally poor, from 4.9-6.2t/ha (2-2.5t/acre) which is about -1.2t/ha (0.5t/acre) from the average for the area. However, there have been yields over 7.4t/ha (3t/acre).

“Its a mixed bag. A lot of the crops are not properly fit, with green grains in the tramlines.” This reflects the variation in the fields.

The main malting varieties tested have been Pearl and Regina, with Regina not performing as well. There are typically 4-6% screenings on Regina. The specific weight is 66kg/hl.

“Pearl could be a winner.” The specific weight is 65-68kg/hl and the nitrogen 1.5-1.7%.

Feed barley Heligan is showing specific weight 65-66kg/hl. “The yields are not particularly high, but the quality is good.”

“Farmers are not saying its a great harvest. But they are excepting what they are getting.”

He predicts spring barley will ready in two weeks.


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