The paper describes the impact of five different methods of preparing land for sowing on the energy efficiency of winter barley cultivation. The research was carried out in 2004-2009 on RSD Zawady fields. The highest index of energy efficiency was obtained in the facility, where within after-harvest cultivation, sow ploughing and appropriate treatment was carried out. Equally positive results were obtained in the facility, where after-harvesting cultivation was replaced with chemical treatment. Research results completely justify the purposefulness of elimination of double scarification treatments between harvesting a forecrop and sowing winter barley.