Barley is the fourth most important cereal grain. It ranks behind wheat, rice and corn. It is the second most widely grown crop in Australia, only wheat occupies a wider area. Barley, a member of the grass family, serves as a major animal fodder, a course of fermentable material for beer along with certain distilled beverages. It is also a component of various health foods.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage:  Pre Plant (or) At Planting

    Rate: 250 - 500kg/Ha (Dryland), 500 - 750kg/Ha (Irrigated)

    Product: Standard Pellets, Organic Complete (or) Growers Special


    Application Method

    Apply by using either gravity feed openers or air drills to sub-surface band the fertiliser 5cm (2") below or to the side of the seed. 


    Application Considerations

    Use the higher rates where there are large amounts of undecomposed stubble, when double cropping or when yield expectations are high. For malting barley, rates should always be lower than those required for feed barley.

    Rates should be reduced by 50% for very sandy soil sand may be increased by 30% for heavy textured soils or where soil moisture conditions at planting are excellent.

    Rates should be reduced by 50% when planting equipment with narrow slit openers is used (the fertiliser concentration is increased around the seed).

    Rates may be increased by 50% when air seeders are used operating at high pressures with wide openers. Air seeders spread the fertiliser bands when operating at high pressures reducing the fertiliser concentration around the seed.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.