Derek Brockaway the weathermans twitter feed,
"Capel Curig is often the wettest place in #Wales but yesterday it was officially the warmest with a temperature inversion. Although Llanfairfechan recorded 14°C with a Foehn wind. A strong wind flows over the mountains. Air warms as it sinks down...
Grew it last year, probably from the same source. It stood up better than my other variety and yielded better. The fact it was slightly later ripening may have helped it survive the bad weather period. Had no disease problems .
Might depend on what herbicides you've used in the barley.
For example Liberators product label says for following crops, that aren't of wheat or barley, you should plough before planting, because of concerns of DFF levels in the soil.