Introducing Spring Seeds 2020
A key consideration to increase spring cereal yields is choosing varieties with greater tillering ability that can help improve final head counts. Modern varieties such as RGT Planet, LG Diablo and Laureate on Spring Barley and the new Spring Wheat variety KWS Cochise are shown to do this and thus provide a greater flexibility for growers on different soil types and with later drilling dates. These varieties can also show a yield advantage in drought situations due to their tillering abilities. It is worth noting that older varieties such as Kelim and Westminster are still very popular, particularly as feed varieties due to their tall strawed nature.
As the spring drilling window is so wide, it is important to ensure seed rates are adjusted to allow for earlier or later drilling. More information on seed rates is provided on each individual species page.
Ensuring an optimal drilling date is key with spring cereals to maximise yields. Waiting for the right conditions is often more important than an exact drilling date, as spring cereals require the best possible start to ensure rapid emergence and this has a major influence on final yield. If it is possible to drill, drilling from late February can also help with higher yields.
Grass Weed Control
To ensure maximum weed suppression a higher seed rate is advised to allow for crop competitiveness. However, it is worth noting that growers who are looking at excessive seed rates should be wary for the increased chance of lodging, particularly on very fertile sites and with more modern varieties being more aggressive at tillering.