Harvest 09: Barley failures in Hants

Half of all spring barley is failing malting tests at Hampshire Grain, with split skins and fusarium to blame.

Farmers were about three-quarters of the way through spring barley harvest in the area, with yields averaging 6.2-7.4t/ha (2.5-3t/acre), said store manager Mike Clay.

Winter barley had also performed badly, with 25-30% failing to meet the malting specification. Many samples contained wheat admixture following the wet autumn, he added.

Wheat harvest was only about 10% complete, and yields were average so far. “We are starting to see Solstice and Cordiale – they are alright, but we’re not looking at a high protein year.”

The Solstice and Cordiale were averaging about 13% protein, with early samples of Einstein coming in at nearer 12%, said Mr Clay. Hagbergs, so far, were fine.

“It’s an average year on the wheat – there have been no disasters yet, but nothing to cheer farmers up over the malting barley.”

 syngenta seeds logo

Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2009/10 variety with very high UK treated yields and a maximum 9 rating for resistance to lodging with and without PGR. Combined with the highest second wheat yield and a balanced disease resistance profile, Duxford will continue to help UK growers meet the challenge of producing more grain profitably.

Go to the Syngenta Seeds website



Farmers Weekly Awards 2022

Enter or nominate now

Farmers Weekly Awards 2022

Enter or nominate now

Futures markets and commodity risk management online course:

  • Risk management strategies for a more predictable financial performance
  • Educated conversations when collaborating with your advisors
  • Negotiate better prices with your grain merchants

View course

Using contractors saves you time and money. Now you can book, track and pay all in one place. Register for early access today.

Find out more
See more