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Barley

Due to our strong relationships with UK and European plant breeders, we have access to leading established barley varieties but also new variety releases which can be issued on semi-exclusive, or even exclusive arrangements.

Cope Seeds picks and trials the best varieties and brings them to market, offering a carefully selected range of winter, spring and naked oats, with buy-back contracts available for particular varieties. 

Forging robust markets for grain is key to our mission and we supply an increasing number of growing end-markets. Having built up strong relationships with leading end-users, we have increased our customer base and the quantity of grain sold year on year.

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Spring Barley

Concerto spring barley

Concerto

Conventional

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Evelina

Conventional

Organic

This versatile and low input variety of spring barley offers high untreated and treated grain yields, as well as excellent, high yielding straw for bedding or forage.

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Fairway

Conventional

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Hacker

Conventional

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KWS Sassy

Conventional

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Laureate

Conventional

Organic

Laureate spring barley is another quality malting type suitable for both brewing and distilling. It’s a shorter, later-maturing variety and the highest yielding variety suitable for both market, with untreated yields of 97% and good resistance scores to all the major diseases.

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LG Diablo

Conventional

Organic

LG Diablo spring barley is the most exciting spring barley to hit the Recommended List since Laureate and sits towards at the top of the table for yield. LG Diablo also sits with the highest untreated yield of any variety at 97%. LG Diablo has a medium straw and good all round disease package, reflecting its high untreated yields. It has full approval for malt distilling and is a good option for an organic grower.

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LG Tomahawk

Conventional

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Ovation

Conventional

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Propino

Conventional

Senova Prospect web

Prospect

Conventional

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RGT Asteroid

Conventional

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RGT Planet

Conventional

NEW RGT Planet Spring Barley sits on the AHDB Recommended List as one of the highest yielding spring barleys with approval for brewing. A fairly short variety with good resistance to brackling and lodging. RGT Planet has exceptional resistance to Mildew and Ramularia but does not show such good resistance to yellow or brown rust. A variety which should be considered as a feed as well as malting variety due to its high yields.

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Sienna

Conventional

Organic

Sienna is a spring barley bred by Limagrain which is suitable both for the malting and feed market. It is a tall, high tillering variety that produces excellent grain quality and an abundance of straw. Sienna spring barley has the highest specific weight of any listed variety and outyields favourites, Propino and Concerto. It also has the second highest score for disease resistance,

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Westminster

Conventional

Organic

A long-standing favourite in the organic sector with long, stiff straw and excellent all-round disease resistance, combined with very high specific weight. Accepted by some end users as a malting barley, and a good excellent choice as a feed barley also. Malting Buy Backs available.

Winter Barley

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Bazooka

Conventional

Fully recommended, Bazooka is an established and popular hybrid barley with high yields, replacing its sister variety Volume.

It’s disease profile is better than Volume, especially it’s yellow rust (9) and Rhynchosporium (6) resistance.

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Belfry

Conventional

A good all-rounder, Belfry is resilient and easy to manage, with excellent disease and lodging resistance (8). It’s a high yielding variety with good straw yields makes it the best choice for growers in the west. In the east, belfry can be the perfect option after OSR and an excellent alternative to second wheat, for its high yields.

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California

Conventional

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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Carat

Conventional

Carat is a conventional two row feed barley that is specifically recommended for growers wanting an early maturing variety. Carat is favoured by growers in Scotland. Carat has good specific weight and scores well in mildew and BaYMV resistance.

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Craft

Conventional

Craft winter barley is a high yielding winter barley with full malting approval. Craft is of moderate height with a strong 8 for lodging. A variety with good all round disease resistance scores and performs particularly well on light land.

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Electrum

Conventional

A real step forward, Electrum winter barley was added to the AHDB Recommended List with provisional approval for malting. Superb grain quality with low screenings and high specific weight. Performs better on heavier soils when compared to Craft. Extremely early to mature.

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Jordan

Conventional

Jordan is another new two row feed barley that is high yielding in both untreated and treated situations that boasts a good specific weight. Jordan also possesses an excellent disease resistance package scoring an 8 for brown rust and a 7 for rhynchosporium.

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Kingsbarn

Conventional

Kingsbarn is the new all-rounder which boasts good yield potential with improved specific weight 69.8 kg/hl. Kingsbarn is high yielding with superb grain quality. It performs best in the east and the west, as it offers good resistance to wet weather diseases and has high straw yields. Kingsbarn’s spring vigour boosts its ability to control blackgrass and the high yields make it the perfect alternative to 2nd wheat in the east.

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KWS Astaire

Conventional

Organic

Recommended to the AHDB Recommended List, KWS Astaire is a high yielding 6 row feed barley, with yields comparable and in some circumstances, higher than the Hybrid barleys. With the highest untreated yield of any conventional winter barley, KWS Astaire offers plenty of straw but with excellent standing ability. It also offers the best combined score for disease resistance – giving peace of mind to organic growers.

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KWS Cassia

Conventional

Listed since 2010, KWS Cassia is still a popular 2 row feed accounting for nearly a 3rd of the winter barley market. Its excellent specific weights and grain quality combined with consistent yields are the main reasons for its continued support.

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KWS Creswell

Conventional

KWS Creswell has been added to the RL for the north where it is the 2nd highest yielding two-row at 102% of controls, behind only to new variety LG Mountain.

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KWS Glacier

Conventional

KWS Glacier is still an extremely popular variety, albeit there is more interest in KWS Tower, KWS Orwell and KWS Cassia. KWS Glacier is a consistent variety with short stiff straw. Resistant to Barley Mosaic Viruses BaYMV & BaMMV. Susceptible to mildew. Suits both heavy and light soils.

KWS Orwell

KWS Gimlet

Conventional

KWS Gimlet is a new conventional barley variety that is very high yielding this due to its robust disease package including BaYMV resistance. KWS Gimlet is also early to mature this helps to spread the load come harvest time.

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KWS Hawking

Conventional

KWS Hawking is a new high yielding two row feed variety with a good specific weight and a reasonable disease resistance package. Date suggest it prefers heavier soils and has an excellent resistance to lodging given that it grows to a height of 90cm.

KWS Orwell

KWS Orwell

Conventional

The 2 row feed market is pretty packed with little to differentiate the varieties. However KWS Orwell is still the 2nd most popular of the varieties alongside KWS Tower. KWS Orwell has a strong disease package but consideration to mildew must be given. KWS Orwell is consistent across regions and has good resistance to lodging.

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KWS Tower

Conventional

Still the number 1 selling winter barley variety, KWS Tower is a popular variety with a loyal following due to its consistency across region and soil type. Resistant to Barley Mosaic Viruses BaYMV & BaMMV. Susceptible to net blotch.

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LG Flynn

Conventional

LG Flynn offers one of the best specific weights on the AHDB Recommend List and also reaches good yields, both in untreated and treated trials which is a good reflection of its disease resistance. Flynn is a taller variety which allows for good straw yields but lodging resistance is not compromised with a score of 7.

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Sunningdale

Conventional

Sunningdale was first added to the AHDB Recommended List in 2017 and shows the same type of attributes as Bazooka, yielding exceptionally well in the North and offering a strong all round disease resistance package. Suitable for all soil types and performs well even on marginal land.

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Surge

Conventional

Surge is a high yielding 2-row variety. Surge offers the strongest disease profile and is particularly strong on Mildew and Rhynchosporium resistant. Surges’ strong disease resistance profile is demonstrated by its very high untreated yield and is a variety commonly used by organic growers because of this. Surge has bold grain, a high specific weight and good straw characteristics.

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SY Venture

Conventional

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

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Valerie

Conventional

Valerie is a high yielding two-row feed barley that performs well in both treated and untreated trials. This can be put down to the combination of robust disease (9 for brown rust) and lodging resistance (including BaYMV). Valerie also has superb grain quality with a specific weight of 70.2 making it a good choice for all regions.

Naked Barley