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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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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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...