Check your barley
MALTING barley growers could avoid unjustified crop rejections by getting grain checked before marketing.
Samples arriving at NIABs seed testing laboratory show some grain with apparent pre-germination is in fact profoundly dormant, says the institutes Jon White.
Dormant grain will often recover after storage and be acceptable to maltsters later in the year, he says. A £39 diagnostic germination test will differentiate between the two problems within two weeks.
• Sprouting in spring barley is evident in many crops from Hants to the south-west. Hot, humid weather provoked the chitting, even in standing crops, rendering them unfit for malting, reports Jonathan Arnold of Hants merchant Robin Appel. All varieties appear equally affected.