Winter Barley

Growing the crop & wildlife conservation

We sow in September

We apply nitrogen, potassium, phosphate and sulphur in the spring. Manganese is applied in the autumn

Weed control:
One herbicide in the autumn, and sometimes a second one in the spring

Insect pest & control:
Aphids that can spread a virus are controlled using a seed dressing or an autumn insecticide

Disease control:
A seed dressing and one or two fungicides applied during the spring

Threats to the crop:

  • Our sandy soils do not hold water well, so drought is a major threat
  • Grazing by rabbits and wintering geese can be a problem
  • High rainfall or severe hail storms at or near harvest are threats, though rarely have a significant impact

What helps:

  • Warm weather after sowing helps the crop get established
  • Autumn frosts kill aphids and reduce the need to spray an insecticide
  • A warm spring gets the crop growing early
  • Spring and summer rain helps increase yield

Wildlife conservation:

Harvest & what the crop is used for

Harvested with a combine in the second half of July

Caring for the crop:
It goes from the combine into our grain store where it is dried and cooled. This prevents the build up of fungi and insects in the stored grain

What it is used for:
Good quality barley is used to produce malt for the brewing industry. Lower quality barley is used as livestock feed


Winter barley
Winter barley
Winter barley harvest store
Winter barley harvest store