WINTER BARLEY - A DEMANDING CROP
Winter barley should be sown under dry conditions and on soils with no compaction damage. It reacts very sensitively to soil acidification. The relevant weeds germinate in fall. Herbicides are therefore used before hibernation. Sowing takes place between 15th September and 10th October. Multi-row varieties tolerate later cultivation dates, lower seed size, and climatically disadvantaged areas better. In order to reach stock densities of 700-850 ears/m², two-row varieties are sown at a density of 320-350 grains/m² around 25th of September. Less than 300 grains/m² lead to shortages in double-row varieties. In the case of multi-row varieties, stock densities of 450-600 ears/m² are sufficient, which corresponds to a sowing density of 280-320 grains/m². Abundant autumn growth is achieved with adequate amounts of available nitrogen.