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Managing Malting Barley

Eoin Lyons, the Teagasc Boortmalt joint program advisor, joined this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss the management of malting barley over the coming weeks.

Spring malting barley is one of the biggest cereal crops in Ireland and getting the correct management of the crop in the early stages of growth is critical to achieving the required specs.

Eoin recommends applying a lower rate of nitrogen to barley destined for the distilling market compared to crops for the brewing market.  The application timing of the final nitrogen is before early tillering.  

Eoin said that despite the cost of nitrogen, he is not recommending growers reduce the rates as the existing recommended rates are needed to maintain yield and also protein contents.

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