After spring barley

Flat 10

Member
Location
Fen Edge
It was wheat before the barley so is it OK to go a winter wheat again?
Not in my opinion. Depends on lots of things though like soil quality and blackgrass. It seems trendy to use spring barley as a break crop, but it isn’t one. Personally I would follow it with a break crop or barley either winter or spring.
 

Flat 10

Member
Location
Fen Edge
What was before the spring barley???? If it was a break then wheat will be ok, I consider wheat after spring barley after a break to be a 1.5 cereal rather than a 2nd.
I’m surprised at that. I used to work somewhere where the farmer took that view and I never thought the 1.5ww was up to much.
 

Boysground

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
I have a field this year, wheat after 3 years of spring barley. Not ideal but I am getting the black grass more under control by having more spring crops. it’s tough with less osr in the rotation.

Looks good at the mo. Won’t break records but should make a profit

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WillB

Member
Location
Shropshire
Winter barley, so any volunteers aren’t really an issue? Then stubble turnips for grazing in order to give a bit of a break?

Obviously that might not work if your an arable farmer, allergic to livestock work.

Spring barley volunteers can be a real nuisance in winter barley unless you have the time to plough or wait for the volunteers to chit. We have just cut 70 odd acres where they were very competitive and harboured Rinco and Net Blotch.
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
Spring barley volunteers can be a real nuisance in winter barley unless you have the time to plough or wait for the volunteers to chit. We have just cut 70 odd acres where they were very competitive and harboured Rinco and Net Blotch.

Isn’t there usually plenty of time for most of it to chit before WB needs to be in? I have very few volunteers n my WB, despite half my Spring Barley heads ending upon the floor last year.:(
I don’t drill WB until early October though, to get avoid BYDV.
 

WillB

Member
Location
Shropshire
Isn’t there usually plenty of time for most of it to chit before WB needs to be in? I have very few volunteers n my WB, despite half my Spring Barley heads ending upon the floor last year.:(
I don’t drill WB until early October though, to get avoid BYDV.

2020 harvest of Spring Barley was not easy - flat, brackled and late! In hindsight should have ploughed....
 

Poncherello1976

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Oxfordshire
Winter Barley would be a good choice, or a if you want a spring crop maybe S. Oats. Just cut our WB after SB and it was quite a good crop. Chap on it today planting fodder rape for some winter grazing, then it will be S. Oats.
 

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