Winter Barley

SY Venture

SY Venture is the UK’s most popular winter malting barley. It is high yielding with excellent malting potential and is resistant to BaYMV. It has full approval from the IBD for the production of malt for brewing. Unlike most other malting types it has relatively stiff straw and also very good specific weight.

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Talisman

An early to mature 2 row malting barley with very good disease resistance, especially Rhynchosporium. Has a moderate straw length and good resistance to lodging. There should be enough seed from 2015 harvest to take up to 5% market share. Has provisional IBA 2 approval.

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KWS Orwell

Orwell is the joint highest yielding two-row feed barley, It has a strong disease package along with good brackling resistance. Orwell is consistent across regions and there is no data recorded to suggest lodging.

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Surge

Surge is a high yielding 2-row variety. Surge offers a different disease profile and is Mildew and Rhynchosporium resistant. Surge is demonstrated by a very high untreated yield. Surge has bold grain, a high specific weight and, with good straw characteristics.

KWS Infinity

A high yielding 2 row variety with good standing power and good resistance to “wet weather” diseases. Specific weight slightly behind the likes of KWS Cassia and KWS Glacier.

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KWS Cresswel

KWS Creswell has been added to the RL for the north where it is the highest yielding two-row at 106% of controls, 2% higher yielding than any other two row. With its higher yield, it is a step on from KWS Glacier and has better disease resistance, especially to mildew, Net blotch and Rhynchosporium.

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KWS Glacier

Highest yielding 2 row feed variety (along with Tower and Tetris) with a high specific weight. A consistent variety with short stiff straw. Resistant to Barley Mosaic Viruses BaYMV & BaMMV. Susceptible to mildew. Suits heavy soils.

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KWS Tower

Sits as 1 of 3 of the highest yielding varieties on the list of 2 row feed barleys. Resistant to Barley Mosaic Viruses BaYMV & BaMMV. Susceptible to net blotch.

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California

California is well suited to the main feed barley growing areas of the UK having good agronomic characters and disease resistance combined with very good grain quality. California has demonstrated its high yield potential in six years of National and Recommended List trials, performing especially well in the West of the UK where the majority of feed barley is grown. California is similar in height to the majority of feed winter barleys with very good lodging resistance, when treated with a PGR. Ripening is similar to KWS Glacier.

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KWS Cassia

A popular high yielding, 2 row feed accounting for nearly a 3rd of the winter barley market. Good specific weights and resistance to lodging. Performed consistently over the last 3 years. Resistant to BaYMV but susceptible to Rhyncosporium and Mildew.

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Bazooka

Fully recommended, Bazooka out yielded Volume by 3-4% and was around 7-10 cm taller. It’s disease profile is better than Volume, especially it’s yellow rust and Rhynchosporium resistance scoring an 8 in both categories.

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Sunningdale

Sunningdale is the newest addition to the hybrid family. Sunningdale shows the same type of attributes as Volume, yields exceptionally well and is a strong all round performer. Suitable for all soil types and performs well even on marginal land.

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Belfy

Belfy joined the hybrid Barley family in 2015 and features a strong disease profile as well as strong straw which offers both brackling and lodging resistance.  Belfry also offers superior yield potential with it sitting as the number two variety on the AHDB Recommended List. Suitable for all soil types and performs well in all regions, particularly in the West.

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Funky

KWS Funky is a six-row winter barley with excellent all-round disease resistance, especially to Rhynchosporium and brown rust. A yield of 105% of controls places it just 1% behind the leading hybrid, Volume and 2% ahead of the leading conventional, KWS Meridian. It is the same maturity to Volume and is a day earlier than KWS Meridian and features the highest specific weight of any six-row winter barley at 69.3 kg/hl.

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Volume

A very high yielding six row Hybrid that has performed well in all regions of the UK. Early to mature and high tillering, Volume is resistant to barley yellow mosaic virus and has good resistance to Rhynchosporium.

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