Winter barley v spring barley

Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
I'll print them out next time in office or if you send me your email address I will forward them to you.

I picked £400 randomly but I know for sure spring barley around £300/acre so based it on that.

Winter barley a no brainer for us this year it did close to 4t/acre and 3.5 hesstons/acre. Spring barley struggling to hit 2t and less than 2 hesstons/acre.
 

valtraman

Member
That is a big difference, care to elaborate the costs a bit. I wouldn’t be fussed taking into account fuel at this stage but u it is a cost all the same
I'll print them out next time in office or if you send me your email address I will forward them to you.

I picked £400 randomly but I know for sure spring barley around £300/acre so based it on that.

Winter barley a no brainer for us this year it did close to 4t/acre and 3.5 hesstons/acre. Spring barley struggling to hit 2t and less than 2 hesstons/acre.
I like the idea of winter stuff as more opportunity to get it harvested in good weather rather than spring stuff which seems a salvage job at times if the weather is bad this time of year
 

Zippy768

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Dorset/Wilts
That is a big difference, care to elaborate the costs a bit. I wouldn’t be fussed taking into account fuel at this stage but u it is a cost all the same
Top of my head
30-40 seed, 50-60 chems, 45- 55 N/s fert,
Dont use a contractor for much so....
35 combine, 20 drill, 25 plough, 20 for cultivations, 5 rolling
I did forget fert/spray application cost tbh, and trailering?
2 passes for fert and 3 for spray maybe.
 

valtraman

Member
Top of my head
30-40 seed, 50-60 chems, 45- 55 N/s fert,
Dont use a contractor for much so....
35 combine, 20 drill, 25 plough, 20 for cultivations, 5 rolling
I did forget fert/spray application cost tbh, and trailering?
2 passes for fert and 3 for spray maybe.
That’s something similar I have in my head I just wasn’t sure on sprays
 

Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
Top of my head
30-40 seed, 50-60 chems, 45- 55 N/s fert,
Dont use a contractor for much so....
35 combine, 20 drill, 25 plough, 20 for cultivations, 5 rolling
I did forget fert/spray application cost tbh, and trailering?
2 passes for fert and 3 for spray maybe.
N is £300/t now. £50 won't buy you much.
 

Happy

Member
Location
Scotland
Only got 300 acres to harvest here so never seen the point of winter barley myself.
With the exception of the drought year in 2018 spring malting barley has averaged 2.9t/acre for the past 7 or 8 years.

All depends on your system. Spread the harvest or spring workload , early entry for stubble turnips, grass or OSR then it’s a different story but the extra costs of growing it compared to yield benefit has never stacked up for me.
 

Grass And Grain

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Yorks
2021, our GM for spring barley was £360, winter barley 380. That's higher than average, due to reasonable yields at a good price.

Depends on the season. Sometimes spring leaves highest margin, other times it's winter. Can't predict which, so decide on winter/spring based on soil type, rotation, early or spreading harvest, risk reduction etc.
 

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