Aspen spring oat is top of the AHDB Recommended List in terms of yield, offering an untreated yield advantage of 5% over Firth. The specific weight of Aspen spring oat is excellent as is its kernel content. It is the shortest variety of spring oats and offers moderate resistance to Mildew and Crown Rust.
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Canyon spring oat offers the highest untreated yield of any of the spring oats, paired with excellent all round grain quality. Its mildew resistance is exceptional but is not so good against Crown Rust.
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FIRTH Spring Oats
Firth spring oat remains a very popular variety with a high kernel content and good resistance to mildew. Rather susceptible to crown rust. In terms of grain quality, Firth has large grain and average specific weight. Firth has good standing power and ripens early.
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ROZMAR Spring Oats
ROZMAR spring oat is a Recommended List variety from the same breeder as ATEGO. Recommended in 2012 for its very high yield potential combined with early maturity and stiff straw with good resistance to Crown Rust.
Higher treated and untreated yields than Firth.
ROZMAR has yet again shown its consistency of performance in 2014 producing excellent results in Official and Private Trials as well as commercial on farm situations. One of the many strengths of ROZMAR is its Crown Rust resistance, the biggest yield robbing disease of oats. 2014 saw certain areas of the UK hit by extremely aggressive brown rust resulting in lower yields and lower bushel weights. Below is a set of results from one such site in Essex which shows the significant difference of a variety with strong Crown Rust like ROZMAR compared to current market leaders Firth and Canyon. Though the crown rust will have affected both yield and Specific Weight at this site, it clearly shows that it didn’t affect ROZMAR as much as Firth or Canyon.
ROZMAR produced treated yields in the 2014 UK Official Trials site in Wales above those of current market leaders Firth and Canyon. We would suggest in terms of location these are the most suitable set of results to represent growers in Wales, the midlands / south / south west.
This set of Official Trials was a high yielding site with the following results. The three control varieties were Firth, Canyon and Rozmar
Source: Official BSPB Spring Oat Trials 2014 Ceredigion
It is perhaps worth noting that the Crown Rust Resistance over a 5 year period of UK wide official trials 2010 – 2014 shows ROZMAR to have the best resistance of all, by quite some distance. Better, not only than the control varieties Firth and Canyon but also better than every other variety on the HGCA Recommended List Fully or Provisionally Recommended.
ROZMAR has very good all round agronomics producing taller straw than Firth with good standing and is earlier to harvest than Firth.
This combination of high grain yield, high straw yield with excellent agronomic characters make ROZMAR the ideal spring oat for growers in the midlands, south, south-west and Wales.
Make ROZMAR your first choice spring oat and contact your local Countrywide Representative for C2 seed for sowing Spring 2015…….
SAUL is an interesting newcomer to the sector of ‘Naked Oats’. The grain of naked oats threshes free from the husk. Although naked oat varieties produce less yield than the conventional husked types, the naked grain has considerable nutritional benefits. They produce higher oil and nutrient content. To avoid quality loss (eg: Rancidity), naked oats must be dried immediately after harvest to at least 14% moisture content. For longer term storage a moisture level of 12% is required.
SAUL, in the Czech Republic where they were bred, they have been sown as late as the 3rd week of May and were at full height and panicle early July. They are extremely competitive and have a growth habit that would suit organic farming. Naked Oats are highly sought after by the pig, poultry and horse feed industry.
C2 Seed will be available for Spring 2017, but orders must be placed early to avoid disappointment as supply is limited