Management priorities for spring-sown crops

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Teagsc’s Eoin Lyons reported from just outside Enniscorthy on the progress made by a malting barley crop – variety Laureate – sown out on March 18.

“Plant counts are on target at around 300 per square metre. Nitrogen (N) management is key in crops destined for the distilling market,” he said.

“The target is to get a grain protein of 9.3% or less at harvest time.”

Malting barley growers in the Wexford area are applying N to malting barley crops at a rate of 135kg/ha at the one-leaf stage of crop growth, to ensure they meet the grain protein requirement.

Spring barley crops in the south of the country are currently at the four-leaf growth stage.

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