Know How / Barley / Crop management

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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CROP MANAGEMENT

How a Scottish grower beats extreme weather and short season

Building a more resilient cropping system is at the heart of one Scottish grower’s strategy to better cope with the more extreme weather being seen, like this winter’s monsoon. While…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How grower hit winning barley yields with farmer network help

Getting a group of like-minded growers together to share information to increase crop performance saw Aberdeenshire grower Peter Chapman’s efforts recognised with a YEN Innovator of the Year Award. The…

BARLEY

How to grow a 10t/ha-plus malting spring barley crop

Norfolk grower Alex Wilcox grew a bumper 10t/ha-plus malting spring barley crop in 2019, using low seed rates and early drilling to achieve monster grain ears at harvest. His barley…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How trials are helping two farmers maximise crop margins

Managing risk is the key objective for both AHDB’s two Strategic Cereals Farm hosts, as they look to use some of their on-farm trial lessons to manage crops affected by…

SOILS

Mixed farm invests in direct drill for shift to no-till

Hefty spending on a new cereal drill and a robotic milking system demonstrates how one big Shropshire estate is looking to leave farming a in better shape for the next…

BLACKGRASS

Cereal grower to ditch herbicides for inter-row hoe

Oxfordshire growers Alan and Richard Smith plan to cut their use of herbicides in winter wheat and spring barley after achieving great blackgrass control with a mechanical hoe. Post-emergence sprays…

Practical advice

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PEST MANAGEMENT

How to measure insect numbers for integrated pest control

Identifying the number and nature of the insects within an arable field is critical to make natural predators part of an integrated pest management plan. Promoting beneficial insects is one…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How to use PGRs to manage roots and tillers in cereals

More commonly used to reduce the risk of lodging in lush crops, plant growth regulators (PGRs) are also a vital tool to aid root growth and manage tillering in cereal…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

What new phosphate fertiliser guidelines mean for growers

New recommendations for managing phosphate for arable crops will pave the way to better use of P, helping to improve yields, cut costs and reduce the environmental impact of applications.…

PEST MANAGEMENT

How to increase beneficial insects in arable crops

Leaving volunteers and native weeds in crop stubbles over winter will help encourage beneficial insects by providing shelter and forage when there is no standing crop. Sally-Ann Spence, entomologist and…

WEED MANAGEMENT

How to tackle weeds after a tough start to the season

It is shaping up to be a tough spring for controlling weeds, as the legacy of the wet autumn and winter means many crops are at greater risk of yields…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How to maximise spring barley yields after a wet winter  

Spring barley growers on heavy land can benefit from additional yields of over 2t/ha by drilling at the mid-end of March, especially this season, when soils will take a long…

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CROP MANAGEMENT

How farmers may benefit from new way of paying for pesticides

Paying for pesticides and seed based on the yield responses seen in the field could help farmers manage some of the risks of growing crops and trying out new technologies.…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How wet weather is affecting cropping plans and farm finances

One of the most difficult autumns in memory for arable farmers is causing widespread disruption to fieldwork and rotations, threatening to put a giant dent in 2020 crop performance and…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How farmer trials club targets fungicide use and crop nutrition

Getting locally relevant trials data is challenging and no area demonstrates this better than the fertile Grade 1 silts of south Lincolnshire. These high-yielding soils may be the envy of…

CROP MANAGEMENT

3 pesticide approval changes to watch this autumn

Farmers Weekly’s regular update on the key pesticide label changes and potential implications to help you stay on the right side of the law. Use up Austral Plus-treated cereal seed…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Why more trials are needed to fill applied research gap

A lack of independent applied research in the UK arable sector is prompting calls for more on-farm trials to solve its most pressing practical problems. For many years after the…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How better aphid tracking could reduce BYDV spraying

Aphid monitoring at an individual field level could help cereal growers make better decisions about the heightened post-neonicotinoids barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) threat this autumn. Researchers investigating tools that…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Hybrid barley outcompetes both ryegrass and brome

Many growers are already harnessing hybrid barley’s spring vigour, its ability to build canopy quickly and its complex plant architecture to smother out blackgrass. However, independent research has now revealed…

BLACKGRASS

Why a major blackgrass project is looking at soil health

Improving soil health has now been included in Agrovista’s long-term blackgrass trial, as the company continues to refine its blackgrass management advice for growers on heavy land.  The project’s tried-and-tested…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How N-fixing breakthrough will slash fertiliser use

A specific strain of nitrogen-fixing bacteria, isolated from sugar cane in Brazil and capable of colonising plant roots, is being developed into a technology that could reduce the farming industry’s…

TECHNOLOGY

How French spraying tech can slash herbicide spend by 80%

French kit maker Kuhn is moving into high-tech solutions such as spot-spraying, offering farmers dramatically increased application accuracy and decreased production costs. It is in response to more established competitors bringing…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Trial aims to identify most valuable technology for growers

A farm-scale trial of technology could provide data to help justify payments for environmental measures taken on farm in the future, while also improving the quality of advice given by…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Analysis: What a ban on fungicide chlorothalonil would mean

The multisite fungicide chlorothalonil has been a mainstay of both wheat and barley fungicide programmes since it was launched in 1964, however, UK farmers may soon be unable to use…

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