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Soil Nitrogen Testing

To all growers of winter malting barley

Soil Nitrogen Test

Now we are in the middle of an extraordinarily dry January, we strongly recommend carrying out soil nitrogen tests on your winter malting barley crops. We feel that this year in particular, it is worth testing to gauge the residual levels in your soils.

The facts are at present:

  • Very well established winter crops with good root structures.
  • A wet November & December.
  • Dry, mild conditions from the end of December leading to high levels of mineralisation.
  • Dry and cold weather forecast into early February.
  • Good premiums over current feed prices – need to protect them.
  • High tiller numbers = good yield potential.

We are happy to arrange a test down to 60cm using the tried and tested database that ADAS and latterly NIAB TAG have built up, otherwise we strongly advise you to get a test carried out to at least 60cm in order to ascertain what you need to apply going forward.

Please do contact us to make arrangements for soil testing.


There appears to be a lot of mildew in crops, cold weather is forecast which will do a good job of controlling it or at least holding it at bay.

As always if you have any questions please do get in touch with your contact at Robin Appel Ltd or via