Is it way too late?

Phil P

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Arable Farmer
Location
North West
To drill winter barley now?

Long story short (probably won’t be 😂), just finish drilling the the last 50ac block of wheat today and I’m left with a little 5ac field that was supposed to be the last field and destined for a first wheat.
Anyway turns out I’m a bag of seed short 🤦🏻‍♂️ don’t really want to buy any more seed and what I’ve got in the shed is a mix of a few verities some of which had very poor germination so don’t want to just pull some off the heap!
However, I do have a couple of bags of winter barley seed left over, so I’m thinking for the sake of 5ac it may be worth sticking it in and seeing what happens, if nothing else it will be a cover crop and If it looks poor in the spring I’ll just kill it off and drill spring barley.

What’s peoples thoughts? Should I just leave it in the bag, save the diesel and let it do or is it worth a punt? Especially as the weather is so mild, stuff seems to still moving quite quickly at the moment.

Thank for your opinion.
 

Phil P

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
North West
What have you got to lose? If it’s treated seed, it won’t improve for overwintering, so may as well bang it in.
Worst case scenario is a disease ridden Spring Barley crop from having a few barley plants carrying disease overwinter.🤐
That my only real concern, but I suppose it’s late enough to hopefully miss picking up much disease and if it looks poor coming out of winter I could get it sprayed off early and worked.
Ps, yes the seed (fss) is dressed hence my thinking of using it up. Only single purpose though which I’ve found doesn’t tend to knock the seed too much if it gets left in the bag.
 

robbie

Member
BASIS
Traditionally winter barley should be drilled by bonfire night so I'd say with the current weather you'll be fine.

A few years ago when we had a very bad autumn a lot of winter barley was sown in January that year and it all seemed to do ok.

I did see on Facebook someone was drilling spring barley this week which seems very early, its quite common to drill it in December/January but I thought now was plenty early enough for spring barley.
 
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Phil P

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
North West
Traditionally winter barley should be drilled by bonfire night so I'd say with the current weather you'll be fine.

A few years ago when we had a very bad autumn a lot of winter barley was sown in January that year and it all seemed to do ok.

I did see on Facebook someone was drilling spring barley this week which seems very early, its quite common to Sri it in December/January but I thought now was plenty early enough for spring barley.
Generally it’s a slightly different climate in this neck of the woods than it is over your way, don’t think we’ve ever drilled spring barley before mid March at the earliest!
 

Cowcorn

Member
Mixed Farmer
To drill winter barley now?

Long story short (probably won’t be 😂), just finish drilling the the last 50ac block of wheat today and I’m left with a little 5ac field that was supposed to be the last field and destined for a first wheat.
Anyway turns out I’m a bag of seed short 🤦🏻‍♂️ don’t really want to buy any more seed and what I’ve got in the shed is a mix of a few verities some of which had very poor germination so don’t want to just pull some off the heap!
However, I do have a couple of bags of winter barley seed left over, so I’m thinking for the sake of 5ac it may be worth sticking it in and seeing what happens, if nothing else it will be a cover crop and If it looks poor in the spring I’ll just kill it off and drill spring barley.

What’s peoples thoughts? Should I just leave it in the bag, save the diesel and let it do or is it worth a punt? Especially as the weather is so mild, stuff seems to still moving quite quickly at the moment.

Thank for your opinion.
Drill away !! Weather is mild and ground is still good shape .
Be up in no time and probably outpreform sept drillings .
I once drilled 10 acres of Intro w barley Christmas eve after spuds .
95 i think like you i ran out of seed and barley was all that could be got .
Savage crop of straw and grain that beat the " normal " date drillings easily .
Spuds might have helped though ... Was about a forthnight later to combine though .
 

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