Spring barley 2020

Hereward

Member
Location
Peterborough
Is it worth growing, the sense is every man and his dog is putting loads in, but the I read online many have drilled up with WW, driving through Suffolf the other day and there's lots more WW in than around Peterborough so is it worth it?

Is there any seed?

How much is seed???
 

T Hectares

Member
Location
Berkshire
No, not worth it, leave it to us Chalk Downland boys who regularly grow it ;)






Or alternatively...
Can you grow SB reliably ?
If so, can you make a margin @ £130/t ? ( that’s what I could sell feed Barley for Nov ‘20 earlier this week )
If no to the above don’t bother !!

Seed supply ok at the moment here but changing rapidly, can’t help on price as mine is all FSS
 

Flat 10

Member
Location
Fen Edge
Is it worth growing, the sense is every man and his dog is putting loads in, but the I read online many have drilled up with WW, driving through Suffolf the other day and there's lots more WW in than around Peterborough so is it worth it?

Is there any seed?

How much is seed???
I know a sb seed grower with 100s of tonnes of a popular variety in the shed. Can’t understand why the processor hasn’t moved it. It will all be needed surely
 

Fromebridge

Member
BASIS
Location
Glos
Is it worth growing, the sense is every man and his dog is putting loads in, but the I read online many have drilled up with WW, driving through Suffolf the other day and there's lots more WW in than around Peterborough so is it worth it?

Is there any seed?

How much is seed???
It's the easiest and most reliable of the spring crop options, can't guarantee you'll make any money from it though.
 

ajd132

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Arable Farmer
Location
Suffolk
Depends if you have an agronomist putting some ridiculously expensive herbicide and fungicide program on. We know we can grow 7t/ha with 100kgs N and a fungicide.
I know people with serviced agronomy who will do 150kg n, avadex flufenacet herb stack and 2/3 expensive fungicides and get less yield.
don’t let yourself be a slave to the supply trade and it can be profitable.
Personally I don’t understand how an agronomist can even justify their fee on spring crops, 90% of it is down to good establishment and the weather!
 

CJS

Member
Depends if you have an agronomist putting some ridiculously expensive herbicide and fungicide program on. We know we can grow 7t/ha with 100kgs N and a fungicide.
I know people with serviced agronomy who will do 150kg n, avadex flufenacet herb stack and 2/3 expensive fungicides and get less yield.
don’t let yourself be a slave to the supply trade and it can be profitable.
Personally I don’t understand how an agronomist can even justify their fee on spring crops, 90% of it is down to good establishment and the weather!
My neighbour drills in April seed off heap cheap weed killer one cheap fungercide 120kg n averaged 3.7 tons an acre over the past 3years
 

teslacoils

Member
Location
Lincolnshire
Anything but a blw spray and perhaps some wild oat control is a bit of a waste of time I'm my opinion. I like giving it some pgr though, and something like a generic starane / cheapy su.
 

ajd132

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Suffolk
My neighbour drills in April seed off heap cheap weed killer one cheap fungercide 120kg n averaged 3.7 tons an acre over the past 3years
Exactly, spring cereals need a different mindset to input heavy winter wheat
 

Farmer Fin

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
Anything but a blw spray and perhaps some wild oat control is a bit of a waste of time I'm my opinion. I like giving it some pgr though, and something like a generic starane / cheapy su.
Are wild oats an issue? Can you now just walk it? Not like you are going to have anything else to do all summer. As for PGR majority of ours doesn’t get any.
 

Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London, is the introduction of a ‘Meat Tax’ at consumer level.

This approach, it is argued, would have the combined impact of reducing meat consumption levels (I can really see the health benefits coming through now), while also helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of production agriculture.

What absolute drivel! In my opinion, none of this makes sense at any level. This is a scurrilous and unfounded attack on livestock farming in this part of the world.

Yet, it has to be taken seriously. I make this point because economists at Rothamsted Research have already crunched the numbers where the introduction of a ‘UK...
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