Know How / Crop selection

Guidance and advice on choosing which spring or winter crops to grow for your end market to ensure you are profitable and insured against volatility. Find out which markets offer a premium, such as spring barley for whisky or milling wheat for bread and specialist crops such as quinoa or naked oats.

Advice and tips


Major maltster picks top spring malting barley for Scotland

The spring malting barley variety Diablo could become the number one variety in Scotland in the next two to three years after an initial good performance on-farm and through the…


10 learnings from more than 21 years of blackgrass trials

More than two decades of work at Agrii’s Stow Longa site have shown how blackgrass can be successfully managed with plots getting as low as zero ears/sq m on a…


Cereals 2021: E-tools to help plan environmental options

Three e-tools to help with the on-farm planning and delivery of environmental schemes were being demonstrated by the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) at Cereals 2021. Developed as…


Winter bean choices include market leader-beating variety

A high-yielding winter bean variety which offers a 10% yield uplift on the current market leader is set to benefit bean growers next season as commercial availability widens. The variety,…

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Case studies


Bedford grower switches 100% to new spring malting barley

Bedfordshire grower Freya Morgan is set to switch 100% to the new spring malting barley variety Skyway as it outperforms industry favourite Laureate on her farm for yield and ease…


How one Notts farm’s cropping benefits from a poultry focus

Growing five different crops to save money on expensive bought-in feed for 72,000 layers is helping one farming family reduce its carbon footprint, improve soil health and tackle a blackgrass…


Why heritage wheat forms heart of Surrey mixed farm

Growing and milling heritage wheat for the artisan bread market forms the heart of Mike and Jenny Pinard’s mixed arable and sheep farm in Surrey. Varieties grown include England's oldest…


Regenerative Agriculture: A Scots farmer's low risk approach

A gradual approach to adopting regenerative agriculture has allowed Scottish grower Jock McFarlane to reduce inputs and minimise his farming business’s exposure to risk. Having started seven years ago by…

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How new oat variety offers growers spring milling option

The spring oat variety Isabel, from KWS, joined the ADHB Recommended List in 2020, at a time when there was a great deal of interest in the spring oat crop,…


How the different spring crop gross margins compare for 2022

Spring sowings are likely to be down this year, due to the favourable autumn drilling conditions. But there will still be plenty of fields going under the drill – and…


Expert pointers on which spring cereal crop to grow in 2022

Spring crops are a key part of sustainable arable rotations, especially for growers with bad blackgrass situations, but weighing up their pros and cons to select which one to grow…

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Spring oat miller looking for supplies of variety Merlin

New to the Recommended List (RL), the spring oat variety Merlin offers an attractive combination of yield, quality and disease resistance, proving to be an all-round performer for both millers…


Pulses good option for growers as fertiliser prices rocket

The pea and bean area could rise this season due to the sharp jump in nitrogen fertiliser prices and strong demand for these pulse crops in domestic and export markets.…


NFU warns of trade impact risk from rapid gene editing move

Urgent discussions are needed with EU member states and the rest of the supply chain to ensure liberalising the use of gene editing in plant and livestock breeding does not…


Linseed high price may prompt rise in spring area

Linseed is looking an increasingly attractive spring break crop, with the price of harvested seed at a five-year high and it being one of cheapest crops to grow. Prices have…

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Video: Spring barley cut ahead of wheat in Cambridgeshire

Spring barley is being cut ahead of of winter wheat on James Peck’s Cambridgeshire farm and showing a good yields of 7.5-8t/ha. Mr Peck had cut some wheat for a…

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