Malting barley harvest in hot, dry weather

You need to really understand the condition of the crop. It’s likely in this weather that barley will be ‘welded’ onto the crop and really take some de-awning.  It will really take some threshing to get separated from the plant.

Of course that could lead to risk of skinning. If you’re looking for malting quality, then pay close attention to how much damage the combine is doing to the crop, if at all.

Maltsters will accept a dirty crop, preferably, over one that’s skinned. Once the barley is skinned it won’t germinate and won’t make the quality. So really pay attention, if you’re combining malting barley, that you’re not being too hard on the crop.

Read the AHDB Barley Growth Guide (page 29) to find out more about barley skinning



Based at Ashkam Bryan near York, Harry grew up on a beef farm in his native north Wales. Subsequently, Harry developed an interest in farm machinery that took him around the world working in agriculture. Having managed a plant breeding farm near Cambridge for Monsanto, in 2005 Harry joined John Deere as Crop Systems Specialist, from where he was recruited by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.

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