Feed barley is the most commonly grown cereal in New Zealand and can be planted in the autumn but mostly in the spring. Autumn planting has advantages of higher yields and earlier harvests which spreads the farmers work load and irrigation requirements If dryland, then autumn planting is far safer allowing the crops roots to get deeper into the soil and potential higher yields due to less risk to moisture stress or drought. Barley is an excellent high energy feed source with at least 85% of the energy value of maize but superior protein and amino acid levels.
Like all crops planning is essential such as paddock selection, rotation, markets and then cv selection. For more information on PGW Grain cv’s please click the below link for RGT Planet, Laureate and Tavern.