Rain arrived on Monday, which was welcomed by this crop of spring barley.

The crop has between one and two tillers emerged and the majority of plants were at GS21-22 early this week. Volunteer oilseed rape plants are visible in the crop.

The rain this week should speed up the emergence of weeds and allow for herbicide to be applied.

Later-sown crops may be around the three- to four-leaf stage now and be due an aphicide where risk is high and crops were planted in April.

Cold weather will help to keep aphid activity low.

  • Growth stage: GS22 (two tillers emerged).
  • Sowing date: 23 March.
  • Variety: RGT Planet.