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Seed specialist advises: sow plans now for a successful spring

Northern Ireland’s leading seed specialist Joseph Morton Ltd (Morton’s) is reminding farmers of the importance of mapping out a cropping plan at an early stage to ensure that they secure the best varieties.

With spring just around the corner and the DARD recommended spring cereal varieties having been published, Northern Ireland’s leading seed specialist Joseph Morton Ltd (Morton’s) is reminding farmers of the importance of mapping out a cropping plan at an early stage to ensure that they secure the best varieties. 

Ray Morrison of Morton’s said, “Spring cereals and legumes can be grown for combinable grain, crimping, or taken as whole-crop. Now that the DARD Recommended Varieties for Northern Ireland 2014 have been published, farmers should be considering their spring cropping plans, allowing sufficient time to order seed and take delivery for when sowing conditions allow.


“Morton’s offer the leading spring cereal varieties from the 2014 DARD recommended list. A new 2014 listing
of particular note is feed barley variety Kelim. Coming through trials with high treated grain and the highest straw yields despite its medium straw length, Kelim has good standing power and a very good resistance to mildew.

“This variety is definitely worth considering when planning for spring,” continued Ray
. “It offers one of the best combinations of grain and straw yields of any variety on the list. The importance of straw yield cannot be underestimated locally, where it accounts for such a high proportion of gross margin.

“At Morton’s, we work closely with farmers to ensure the right seed selection is made and we can treat as required to meet specific needs. To ensure optimum soil health, a soil analysis should be carried out. This means issues such as low soil pH can be tackled head on,” Ray said.


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