RGT Planet weathers well
It hasn’t been the kindest growing season for spring barley, but growers have been pleased with how RGT Planet has fared so far.
In Cambridgeshire, Sam Morris has cut RGT Planet at Top Farm, Croydon, and is pleased with the results, considering the growing season. “It’s been a tricky season, so the yield is below average at about 7.3t/ha, but it’s made malting spec, which is always nice – and it’s sold and gone.”
Sam has grown RGT Planet for several years and it always does pretty well. “The past couple of years it’s been really good. I’ve always liked it as a variety – it always makes the spec. As long as maltsters want it, we’ll keep growing it.”
The crop established well in the spring, having been drilled after ploughing, and was a nice simple crop to grow, adds Sam.
It’s a similar story further north, where Andrew Cawood has finished his 19.3ha of RGT Planet at Burley House Farm, South Milford, North Yorkshire.
It’s a much earlier harvest than usual for Andrew. “We have never harvested spring barley in July before, we’re usually late August to early September.” The crop was drilled in the middle of February. “It went in beautifully – if we had enough sunshine and rain at the right time, we should have had 8t/ha.” Unfortunately, the weather did not play ball so the yield was below average at 6.75t/ha.
He spread 110kg/ha of available nitrogen on the spring barley, as well as 5t/ha of chicken muck. “We applied the chicken muck after ploughing then power harrowed it in while we were drilling.” But the poor weather has hampered the quality. “The bushel weight just isn’t there, it’s the same on winter barley – comparing it to last year, it’s not a patch on it.”
This is disappointing, considering it looked tremendous in the field, says Andrew. “Unfortunately, it didn’t like the rain we had in March, then we just haven’t had any summer really.”
For Andrew, RGT Planet is a firm favourite. “It’s always a good yielder, and it almost always makes malting spec. It has good resistance scores and stays up right. We will be growing it again next year – we’ve grown it for many years.”
- Global variety
- High quality grain
- Agronomically strong
- Still a brewers’ favourite
- Good standing power
- Good resistance to brackling
- Relatively early to harvest