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Latitude on Winter Barley


Take-all management action plan

Firstly identify whether the crop is at risk.  Remember that take-all must always be managed using integrated controls
  • Consolidate the seedbed
  • Have seed treated with the only specialist take-all seed treatment - Latitude
  • Correct nutrient deficiencies (particularly P,K,Mn,Cu)
  • Adjust nitrogen application to ensure an early boost in the spring
  • Consider a growth regulator to stimulate root development
  • Discuss T1 fungicide options with your agronomist
Yield and quality

Take-all affects barley, though generally to a lesser extent than wheat. However, use of Latitude in winter barley gives excellent results where take-all is present, with improved standing, crop appearance and reduction in late season brackling. 

In the UK Latitude delivers an average a yield response of 0.4t/ha across all levels of disease.  More than 1t/ha has been achieved in trials on crops of third cereals sown into good seedbeds. The beneficial effects of take-all decline do not usually start to build up in barley for about five years.

Using Latitude treated seed improves specific weight and reduces screening losses.

Cost Benefit in Barley

Where: Feed barley = £170/tonne
            Latitude = £191/tonne
            tgw = 46g
Malting barley premium would increase these gross margins
Average response from UK trials = 0.4t/ha over 5 yrs highest yield response 0.64 t/ha


Sowing

The early autumn timing of winter barley establishment puts the crop at increased risk of take-all development. Using Latitude can give peace of mind that take-all won’t threaten yield and quality.