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With ramularia now more difficult to control and other diseases showing signs of fungicide resistance, there is plenty to consider before deciding on how to manage your barley crop. Get the latest advice and thinking on cost-effective barley agronomy, from pest and weed control, to nutrient planning and fungicide/growth regulator use.

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Yorkshire barley growers plan for zero-carbon beer

A group of Yorkshire growers has banded together for a trial aiming for zero-carbon malting barley production to reduce the carbon footprint of John Smith’s beer. They will be using…


Integrating beef unit on arable land - do the costs add up?

Peter Lord, farm manager at Norwood Farm, near Bath teamed up with the AHDB and Adas to convert the 290ha long-term arable farm into an integrated mixed farming enterprise. He…


How one farmer tackled invasive grassweed rat's tail fescue

Lurking in many UK fields lies an invasive grassweed known as rat’s-tail fescue, which is of increasing concern to arable growers due to its rapid development and natural herbicide resistance.…


How a living mulch can help farmers cut their fertiliser bill

Finding other sources of nitrogen – preferably those that are beneficial for the soil and the environment and make a contribution to sustainable farming systems – is a priority for…


Low-skinning spring barley finds favour with Cambs grower

A spring barley with very low grain skinning is finding favour with major maltsters and distillers, and could become a major variety for distilling use in Scotland. Grain skinning, or…


Is undersowing cereal crops with clover the next big thing?

Growing a permanent clover understory beneath cash crops known as a "living mulch" could provide an effective way to control weeds, fix nitrogen and boost farm productivity. In a field…

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AHDB guidance to find optimal fertiliser rate as prices soar

The AHDB has issued new guidance to help growers plan for this season’s nitrogen fertiliser applications, following a sharp increase in fertiliser price. The current energy crisis has led to…


Advice on using metaldehyde up safely before ban

Arable farmers are being urged to follow Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG) guidelines closely to avoid polluting water in the product’s last season of use. There is uncertainty about exactly how…


Tips on controlling BYDV in a high pressure autumn

Higher numbers of aphids combined with an earlier start to drilling and glyphosate shortages mean that the barley yellow dwarf virus risk could be higher this autumn. The virus, which…


Five reasons to delay wheat drilling this autumn

Wheat growers are being advised not to rush winter cereal drilling this autumn, as a protracted germination resulting from a high blackgrass seed dormancy means plenty of patience is required…


5 cultivation and establishment methods compared

Establishment systems cover varying degrees of soil movement, from relatively little disturbance associated with direct-drilling and min-till through to deep cultivations and complete inversion with the likes of ploughing. Each…


How to reduce the risk of glyphosate-resistant weeds

Guidelines for minimising the risk of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate has been updated, based on new research quantifying exactly how and when the herbicide should be used for maximum…


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Advice on trimming fertiliser rates when prices are high

Growers looking to cut back on fertiliser rates next spring because of the high prices are being advised to take a field-by-field approach. Last year, fertiliser costs averaged about 65p/kg…


How to calculate nitrogen use efficiency on-farm

Nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) is used to demonstrate the relationship between a soil's total nitrogen input compared with its nitrogen output. Calculating NUE will give growers a starting point from…


How data analytics can help identify marginal farmland

The power of data analytics in improving decision making about future land use is being highlighted by a project at AHDB’s Strategic Farm East to use data to identify marginal…


The rules for arable farming in an NVZ in NI and Scotland

Nitrate vulnerable zones exist to protect the environment against potential pollution from fertiliser and manure applications. Each devolved nation has its own rules – so what do arable farmers need…


Lodging lessons learned for winter malting barley

Extreme weather is making crop management more tricky, and this year many growers got caught out with their growth regulator strategy, resulting in waist-high winter barley crops that went flat.…


How plant sap tests could unlock disease control benefits

Understanding how nutrition affects plant health is still very much an evolving science, but plant sap analysis is allowing management decisions to be based on close to real-time data. Sap…


Regenerative farming: Is there a place for fungicides?

Regenerative farming systems can be used to minimise dependence on fungicides, but won’t exclude them completely. While most of the growers who have adopted regenerative agriculture are aiming to cut…


The new biostimulant that increases wheat and barley yields

A novel biostimulant which optimises green leaf area by improving chlorophyll production could benefit arable growers this season, with average yield increases of 0.4-0.5t/ha seen in winter wheat and barley…


The rules for arable farming in an NVZ in England

Nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs) account for about 55% of land in England, making it more likely than not that a farming enterprise is within a designated NVZ. So with NVZs…


Analysis: How Brexit affects farmers' access to pesticides

Adequate resources and a more pragmatic, science-based approach by UK regulators will be crucial to growers gaining better access to crop-protection tools after Brexit. Over recent years, plenty of criticism…


Why regular liming can raise profits by up to £436/ha/year

A new study has highlighted the benefit of a long-term liming strategy in arable rotations, with regular applications shown to significantly increase farm profitability. Agricultural soils become acidic naturally and…


Why farmers battling wild oats should identify the species

Farmers battling a wild oat problem are advised to check whether it’s the winter or spring type, before planning their strategy against the weed. While blackgrass gets all the attention,…

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