A real step forward, Electrum winter barley is a new variety added to the 2018/2019 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KWS Creswell has been added to the RL for the north where it is the 2nd highest yielding two-row at 103% of controls, behind only to new variety LG Mountain.
KWS Glacier is still an extremely popular variety, albeit there is more interest in KWS Tower, KWS Orwell and LWS 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.
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.
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.
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.
Newly recommended to the 2018/2019 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 winter barley, KWS Astaire should be seriously considered.
Seed production will be limited and therefore we advise placing your orders early to avoid disappointment.
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 (7) resistance.
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.