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Best barley harvest practice involves reacting to the weather, inspecting grain frequently and handling it carefully, so that assurance scheme and customer standards are met. See how to prepare for harvest, so that you can maintain crop quality as the combines start to roll and stores begin to fill. Discover ways of maintaining crop quality during storage and processing, how to monitor your grain and what developments can help you with this task.

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Barley grower sees winter crop come up trumps

Malting barley grower Andy Roberts’ strategy of growing both winter and spring crops paid a dividend this summer as good quality from the former made up for a more problematic…

ARABLE

Video: Hands Free Hectare - what next for the farming robots?

Excitement, pride, trepidation – just some of the feelings buzzing around a perfectly square hectare field in Shropshire as a driverless combine took its first bite of a crop that…

ARABLE

How to get double-digit wheat yields on wet land

Switching to variable-rate drilling has increased wheat yields by 1.5t/ha on a large mixed farm in south Wales by improving productivity on wetter land. This has also helped justify significant…

How farmers will benefit from grain co-op’s kit upgrades

Storage and drying equipment upgrades are helping an “open all hours” co-operative store to maintain service levels for south-west growers, enabling combines to continue cutting in busy harvest periods. Devon…

Grain pools: Helping growers add value and manage risk

Interest in joining a grain pool has soared in the past two years for one farmer co-op, as growers look to manage risk and add value during a period of…

Club offers cheaper grain storage for growers

The two approaches to storing grain can both prove expensive. An on-farm store requires considerable capital outlay and running costs, while co-operative stores typically involve a one-off investment to purchase…

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SOILS

6 top tips to minimise compaction at harvest

Climate predictions indicate that for the next 20 years there is a 35-40% chance of a wetter-than-average summer, giving rise to the potential for disrupted and challenging harvests. Aside from…

BUSINESS

Grain storage decisions – own store or co-op?

Put up your own building, join a central co-operative store or take advantage of flexible grain store hire? Louise Impey looks at the options. There are long and short-term considerations…

ARABLE

How to build a new grainstore in budget

Building a new grainstore is rarely a straightforward task. Essex farmer Nick Cousins explains how he tackled the project this summer. Putting up grain facilities that will still be fit…

ARABLE

New rules for rodenticides explained

New rules for buying and using rodenticides means that farmers will now need a certificate of competence. The new requirements will be phased in over the next 12 months and…

MACHINERY

6 tools to keep your grain store clean this harvest

Ensuring a clean and dust-controlled environment for grain storage will help save money and keep grain-drying costs to a minimum. Here is our pick of the latest kit to help…

ARABLE

Avoid last-minute grain store cleaning to prevent insect attack

Growers should not waste time in cleaning out their empty grain stores to avoid the build-up of damaging insect pests. With the grain price slump, some may still have a…

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VARIETY SELECTION

Cereal varieties: Winners and losers at harvest 2018

During the 2018 cereal harvest, wheat varieties were more likely to perform slightly below their long-term averages than to exceed yield expectations.  That’s why most of the 2018 results shouldn’t…

HARVEST

Harvest 2018: The 5 top-yielding winter barley varieties

Throughout the harvest season we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2018’s AHDB winter barley Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…

HARVEST

Harvest verdict: OSR the big winner for 2017

Oilseed rape yields jumped sharply this summer as the weather seemed to suit the crop while the picture with wheat output was more regional. Prospects for the rapeseed crop edged…

BARLEY

Why 2017 was a bad lodging year and how to avoid it

Seasonal factors were the cause of much of the lodging that occurred in wheat and barley crops in 2017, rather than variety weaknesses or a decline in standards. Cereal growers…

HARVEST

Harvest 2017: The 5 top-yielding spring barley varieties

Throughout the harvest season we’ll be updating this handy map with the latest data from this year’s AHDB spring barley recommended list 2017 harvest results. Use the map below to find…

HARVEST

Harvest 2017: The 5 top-yielding winter barley varieties

Throughout the harvest season we are updating this handy map with the latest data from 2017’s AHDB winter barley Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…

ARABLE

How kit hygiene has a vital role in harvest weed fight

Managing the spread of blackgrass and other weed seed at harvest can be challenging for growers under huge time pressure, but it pays to keep machines clean where possible to…

HARVEST

Harvest review: How 2016 yields measure up

UK rapeseed production has slumped by more than 30% below the previous season, while cereals fell back in line with the five-year average, according to the first official figures for harvest…

VARIETY SELECTION

Top-yielding candidate varieties revealed

Last season was a challenging one, with “average” yields being the new “good”. However, some candidate varieties in AHDB trials offered a glimpse of what is to come. Those up…

HARVEST

Harvest 2016 verdict: What we learned from barley and OSR

Both oilseed rape and winter barley were the real disappointments this harvest, with yields 10-20% down on the five-year average and very low winter barley specific weights are already leading…

HARVEST

Harvest 2016: 5 top-yielding spring barley varieties

Spring barley is the star performer this harvest. Later-harvested trials have brought the average yield down to 7.63t/ha from 7.77t/ha previously, which is very close to the five-year average of…