We do the same, putting 0.4l kestrel and 1l CTL for first fungicide application.We split it. Normally a 10 days to 2 weeks after weed spray.
You do the herbicide and fungicide just as the crop covers in. The fungicide will stay in the crop 3 weeks after which the crop will have magically jumped up and be near enough at awns emerging anyway.No point blasting fungicide at ground where weeds are.
Grow it cheap and simple you say, and then there you are criticizing me for having the option of omitting the t1 and saving 8 quid an acre!You do the herbicide and fungicide just as the crop covers in. The fungicide will stay in the crop 3 weeks after which the crop will have magically jumped up and be near enough at awns emerging anyway.
No point messing about with spring barley, grow it cheap and simple.
I do both, one bit i split it and at home and other farmers i spray for do both together.Fudge that, why would you split them and run through the crop twice??
The barley will go through its growth stages so fast its pointless.
Save 8 quid an acre whatever next.
If you dont want to put fungicide on thats your game its no skin of my nose. I just dont see the point of not doing it. You are going through with herbicide and its not like you need to go mad with what is applied.Grow it cheap and simple you say, and then there you are criticizing me for having the option of omitting the t1 and saving 8 quid an acre!
In a previous post you say why bother saving 8 quid well even on a modest 50 acres that £400 which may not be much to the likes of you but I'll take that saving any day of the week.
Nothing is definite.It's definitely worth it. Every acre I grow is pushed to the max and if something out of a can is needed I'll be the first to reach for it and ladle it on. I'm hoping for 3 ton acre or very close to it so I'm definitely NOT one of those People who say it's not worth it. I just can't see the point in putting something in because I'm going through when there is no disease, it's just a waste. my barley will get a t2 and probably a very good one to keep it going as long as possible.
I guess your attitude to"going through so chuck it in" stems from when you were a serviced agro and could have a draw on all the little "chuck it in's".
Look up your NIAB TAG responses to fungicides in spring barley. They aren't great but being open to reacting to a change is key. There's a lot more barley around now that the wheat barons of East Anglia have largely given up on growing blackgrass with a second wheat companion crop.Very true. What I should have said is at the moment it's definitely worth it. A dry June and it'll be a different story and I'll be even more glad i haven't wasted a fungicide.