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‘60% of focused winter cereal planting achieved in NI’ – agronomist


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Mar 22, 2024
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Agronomist, Richard Owens, has confirmed that persevering with moist situations are hampering cereal growers type getting on with critically essential subject work.

“Some areas had been hit that little bit tougher with the climate than others. As a rule of thumb, 65% was as a lot of the envisaged planting work that cereal growers in NI managed to realize final autumn,” he stated.

It has been estimated that between 60% and 65% of the focused winter cereal planting ranges had been achieved in Northern Eire final again finish.

Richard Owens is confirming excessive ranges of Internet Blotch in winter barley crops nowadays

“Of the crops that had been put in, it has been a really difficult and moist backend, winter and now early spring.

“Many crops have been water logged on and off, over the previous few months,” Owens stated.

It’s not all dangerous information, as in response to Owens, many winter barley crops have now obtained their first software of fertiliser.

“Illness strain can be a difficulty on many crops as properly. The place barley is anxious, many crops have handed the T0 stage and are quick heading in the direction of the manufacturing of the primary node,” he stated.

Illnesses that may affect on winter barley crops at this stage of the season embody web blotch and rhynchosporium.

“The usage of a PGR will assist increase tiller numbers and tiller numbers, which is a key determinant of ultimate yields,” he added.

Given these circumstances, the agronomists is encouraging farmers to get a mixed PGR and fungicide spray combine utilized to winter barley crops as quickly as potential.

Winter wheat

The place winter wheat is anxious, Richard Owens is confirming the better issue that growers had in planting out crops, relative to winter barley.

“The fact is that winter wheat is struggling in locations, notably the place floor situations had been notably moist.

“However wheat, in distinction to barley, has the potential to recuperate properly. It’s a hardier crop.”

Some farmers may take a look at the choice of sewing in a brand new cereal choice inside exiting crops which have had fared notably over the current months.

“In these cases, the choice of getting a closing crop match for the mix may be very distant.

“Stitching in is an choice finest suited to dairy and livestock farms, the place the crops may be lower for silage later within the season,” Owens stated.

Spring barley

Turning to spring crops, the agronomist confirmed that barley seed is coming in from a variety of Japanese European nations, together with Poland the Czech Republic.

“All of this goes again to final 12 months’s dreadful harvest and the very poor high quality seed crops harvested within the UK at the moment.

“Arable farmers in NI will know among the imported varieties coming in. Nonetheless, some shall be completely new to them.

“The true problem for farmers shall be that of getting the sowing window they should get crops into the bottom,” the agronomist stated.

Owens cited the varieties Diablo and Feedway as being presently obtainable to growers of spring barley.


“I might not dispute the standard of the imported seed in any respect, however worth shall be a difficulty. Seed produced regionally shall be on-farm at round £580/t. The equal worth for imported spring barley seed shall be within the area of £750,” he stated.

Difficult climate​

The forecast for the subsequent week and past accommodates rain. Based on Owens, the later the spring sowing date, the decrease would be the yield potential for cereal crops.

“This is among the worst years that I can keep in mind, stretching way back to the tip of final June.

“The climate has not settled in any respect – nutrient uptake ranges have been poor. It has simply had a unbroken knock-on impact. This may affect closing yield figures later within the season.

“Farmers are in an actual dire scenario. They want the climate to choose up as shortly as potential. However, sadly, there isn’t a signal of this occurring in the intervening time,” he harassed.
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