Farmer Focus: Comparing three different oat varieties

This needs to be the primary 12 months in an extended whereas we’ve obtained “the rain in May to fill the barns with grain and hay”, as they are saying.

We’ve had 3in this month and it has allowed crops to blow up with development. Winter barley has flowered and wheat is splitting the boots properly.

Mascani oats are nonetheless chilling out and the panicle has bit to go but earlier than it seems.

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Richard Orr

Richard Orr farms 160ha in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, together with his spouse and fogeys. He is an AHDB Monitor Farmer. Crops embody wheat, oats, barley, potatoes and greens. The enterprise additionally has a farm store and beef cattle

We and three different farms have an oat trial with Whites Oats evaluating Mascani, Husky and Isabel – all winter-sown facet by facet in 9m strips.

My goodness, Husky can produce grains. The panicles are large and I really feel if I had 100 acres of it I’d be praying very laborious for no heavy rain.

Isabel didn’t germinate in addition to the others, however winter kill means it has the same plant rely and good panicles splitting out now.

Mascani has tillered much more and is sort of a brush, however a lot shorter and two weeks behind the others.

Going on expertise with Mascani, it’ll have to supply a lot of smaller panicles to rival the grain rely of the others.

However, I don’t need to draw too many conclusions as high quality is a significant factor when the evaluation comes again from Whites, so we’ll wait to see how they grade out.

But if the best climate is there to fill the Husky it seems good.

It does, nevertheless, want fungicide programme and quite a lot of mildew has appeared in previous week. The plots will obtain a second spray now that they’re headed out.

Fertiliser purposes are all full and it’s going to be an attention-grabbing one to look at, as I’ve numerous variations in purposes on the wheat.

The stand-out to date is the sphere that didn’t obtain any fertiliser till the center of April.

Traditionally, we’d apply first software 30kg/ha in mid-March when doing the second software on winter barley.

However, the crops got here by means of winter properly, with ample tillers, so there was no have to push them.

It at present seems the most effective subject and I feel it’s as a result of the plant needed to work for itself for that month looking for vitamins and placing down roots.

It did look paler in color, however because it’s obtained its nitrogen it has seemed the greenest of all and really wholesome.

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