Barley disease management guide

This disease management guide brings together information on controlling economically important barley diseases.

Many diseases challenge the yield, quality and profitability of barley and so need to be controlled effectively.

In the UK, barley crops range from September-sown six-row feed varieties to spring-sown two-row varieties for malting. Regardless of variety, sowing date, location or market, disease management in barley aims to maximise grain numbers by protecting tillering and ear formation.

Barley is fundamentally different to wheat and different approaches are, therefore, required to manage disease.

This guide aims to provide up-to-date information on barley diseases and options for control and should be read in conjunction with the annually updated fungicide performance information.