“I’ve never harvested winter barley so early”

The growing season was favorable for my harvest. The Clonroche series soil type I’m growing on drains extremely well and spring crops in particular can suffer if they don’t get enough rain, but the rain came at just the right time this year for both my spring malting barley and spring beans .

y Winter barley was harvested on July 13th—the earliest I have ever cut. There have been mixed reports of winter barley yields in my area, but I’m happy with what I’ve achieved.

Most of my winter barley has been sown after beans and an intercrop certainly benefited my entire winter barley yield this year.

This year I grew Joyau, a BYDV tolerant barley variety, because I want to reduce the use of insecticides on the farm. Given the yield performance, I’m interested in growing her next time.

After the winter barley harvest is complete and the straw is removed, the next focus is to establish my cover crops in these fields.

Half of my winter barley acreage this year will go into spring barley next year so I have a good opportunity to set up an excellent cover crop as I will sow it in July and the long autumn/winter growing season.

In GLAS I used the leaf beet/fodder rape mixture that is customary for farmers. However, this year I’m considering some other mixes to see how they will perform.

After the winter barley I sow a radish/vetches/phacelia mix. This mix is ​​expensive, but I’ve seen it grown on other farms and I’ve been impressed with the soil improvement that tillage radish brings.

Also, the vetch fixes nitrogen, which is a big bonus for the future.

Despite the expense, I feel that bringing this mix in after winter barley due to the long growing season means I can take full advantage of the crop.

I’m also hoping to incorporate an organic fertilizer into the soil seed before the cover crop to further increase my soil organic matter content.

I usually spread manure before plowing in February, but this became increasingly difficult with difficult weather conditions.

John Crowley farms in Ferns, Co. Wexford. He is advised by Ciaran Hickey, Mark Plunkett and Eoin Lyons

https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/tillage/ive-never-harvested-winter-barley-this-early-before-41856827.html “I’ve never harvested winter barley so early”

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