Mastering spring barley – Ahead of the competition

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF Tight supplies and buoyant markets aren’t the only reasons growers may opt to plant spring barley this year, it also offers more competition against grassweeds than spring wheat. CPM explores how nailing early season agronomy can help stamp out weeds. It’s much easier to control small grassweeds – so early applications are better. By Melanie Jenkins Spring barley is particularly good in grassweed situations, providing more competition against things such as blackgrass than spring wheat. But getting it established correctly is essential and will set it up correctly to meet a growers’ end market goals. Spring cropping is one of the main cultural controls for blackgrass, explains Syngenta’s Kathryn Hamlen. “Blackgrass germinates more frequently in autumn, so planting spring crops allows more opportunity for stale seed beds before drilling and reduces the number of blackgrass plants coming up in the crop.” And when comparing it with spring wheat, spring barley tillers a lot more, so competes more above and below ground – blocking sunlight and having a smothering effect on weeds, she adds. But to have this competitive ability, spring barley requires good establishment, says Georgina Young of Syngenta. “If a poor crop of spring barley is established,…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...