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Green cover trial improves spring barley yield and benefits the environment

Green cover trial improves spring barley yield and benefits the environment

Trial at Balruddery Farm near Dundee
"Soil conditions and barley yield were consistently better under the cover crops than in soil that had been left with cereal stubble over-winter"
Trial at Balruddery Farm near Dundee

A ground-breaking research trial conducted by the James Hutton Institute and Kings Crops, a division of Frontier Agriculture, into the impact of green cover crops in Scotland has demonstrated notable benefits for spring barley yields, soil and water quality, biodiversity and soil resilience.

The three-year trial assessed ongoing soil conditions and compared yield results from Concerto spring barley. The Concerto was grown on plots previously planted with either green cover crop mixes or control stubble from another barley crop.

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Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, James Hutton Institute, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute