Autumn Guide - How to get the most from your Spring Malting Barley


Spring barley varieties will be growing quickly now. Attention needs to be paid to fungicide choice, PGR requirements and nitrogen as we move towards harvest. Nitrogen should be applied depending on which market you are growing for, and the contract specifications if growing for malt.



GRAIN N TARGET: 1.6-1.75% FOR DOMESTIC USE AND OVER 1.8% FOR EXPORT Syngenta trials have shown LAUREATE has an increasing yield response up to 150 kg N/ha total dose without impacting % grain N in England. Suggested application timings - 2 doses to be applied by GS15. For export, higher total dose and later timings may help to achieve the higher grain N, PROPINO has an innately higher grain N which suits the export market.


GRAIN N TARGET: 1.65% AND BELOW Syngenta trials have shown total N from 100-125 kg N/ha increased yield without adversely affecting % grain N in LAUREATE. Suggested application timings - either applied 100% in the seedbed or as a split dose applied before GS15.


GRAIN N TARGET: 1.85% AND ABOVE Specialist varieties for grain distilling contain very high levels of enzymes to convert starch into sugar during the fermentation process. These varieties are in general lower yielding, but have higher innate grain N than the brewing and malt distilling varieties. FAIRING has consistently seen improving yields when increasing N up to a total dose of 150 kg N/ha, after this yield tends to plateau, however % grain N continues to increase up to a total N dose of 200 kg/ha. Suggested application timings - 2 doses to be applied by GS21.


Here’s a reminder of the main features of the spring barleys from the Syngenta family:

Laurete - Very high yielding spring malting barley with FULL MBC Approval for Brewing and Malt Distilling. LAUREATE has an excellent overall agronomic package with strong maltster support.

SY Tungston - Newly recommended spring malting barley with outstanding quality for both the distilling and brewing markets.

SY Splendor - Newly recommended spring malting barley for the brewing market. Outstanding yields with good malt potential.

Propino - Tried and trusted spring malting barley with FULL MBC Approval for Brewing. Consistent performance for the end users and export potential gives PROPINO multiple market options.

Fairing - The only FULLY MBC Approved variety for grain distilling, with contracts available in this market. Very early ripening and excellent Rhynchosporium resistance makes FAIRING very suited to the grain distilling market.

Scholar - A spring feed barley with consistent yield performance, stiff straw and very high specific weight, SCHOLAR is a very good option for the feed market.

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...