With a predicted 20% drop in the UK’s oilseed rape hectarage this autumn, many growers will be looking to spring barley to supplement their gross margins. David Bouch, Hutchinsons national seed manager gives his views on spring barley varieties.
Spring barley will continue to be an attractive option for growers in 2020. Its competitive nature and prolific early growth is a key part of cultural control programmes enabling growers to help get on top of black-grass.
However, the prolonged harvest will have impacted on the yield and quality of many barley seed crops, which may have a knock on effect on quality seed availability for next spring, he says.