Farmer Focus: Remaining hopeful of saving on barley drying prices – Farmers


Fertiliser continues to rise whereas grain falls like a stone, though I do suppose after time grain will get better when actuality units in relating to this so-called grain/fertiliser deal, which means we could have to carry barley in retailer longer than regular to get a return 

On harvest we’ve but to start out. Climate was wonderful over the previous couple of weeks, nonetheless, we received 1in of much-needed rain over the weekend.

I examined the winter barley on the Tuesday night, getting 13% readings. So, if all is sweet, we’ll be making a begin the day after I write this.

See additionally: Why final 12 months’s winter barleys will attraction this autumn

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Richard Orr

Richard Orr farms 160ha in Downpatrick, Northern Eire, along with his spouse and oldsters. He’s an AHDB Monitor Farmer. Crops embody wheat, oats, barley, potatoes and greens. The enterprise additionally has a farm store and beef cattle

Oats have examined 17% at the moment so, hopefully, after barley the oats can be shut and we are able to roll by and into wheat after.

Wheat exhibits plenty of promise, however native studies on barley harvested up to now wouldn’t be nice. If we are able to handle to not dry the barley, will probably be a very good value saving.

Right here in Northern Eire, I’ve solely ever not dried grain as soon as in 12 years. 

Demand for straw could be very poor, so as soon as the current orders are crammed the chopper can be turned on, with potash fertiliser at loopy costs.

We’ve got three styles of oats in trials – Mascani, the long-running commonplace in winter oats, then Isabel and Husky that are a lot taller, greater yielding varieties. However up to now, I stay to be satisfied of those latter two.

Husky as a spring crop sure, however as a winter crop, Husky and Isabel have proven rather more illness than Mascani and a better threat of lodging.

Mascani could yield much less, however at all times achieves good bonuses, so will probably be attention-grabbing to see when all are harvested and put by high quality checks which supplies the perfect return. 

I do consider over the previous few years making use of foliar potash at T3.5 is unquestionably serving to all of the crops maintain on longer. I simply hope the final two weeks of utmost warmth haven’t been too detrimental. 

I’m wanting ahead to entering into the mix, placing the cellphone on silent and harvesting the 12 months’s work. So long as we don’t break down it’s actually essentially the most satisfying job on the farm. 

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