Merlin is the new outstanding addition to the spring oat market which delivers an unrivalled combination of yield, agronomic features and disease resistance. Merlin Spring Oat is suited to all regions in the UK and produces high quality oats when grown either organically or conventionally.
A Cope Seeds exclusive variety, Merlin spring oat is a high performing, high yielding for treated and untreated crops, and has very low screenings, suiting both the farmer and miller. It’s tall with excellent standing ability that offers a specific weight above the 50kg/hl milling oat requirement.
The highest treated yield of any oat readily accepted by all UK millers
The lowest screenings – a major benefit to the mills
The highest resistance to lodging
Early to mature
The highest untreated yield
In UK trials, Merlin was one of the earliest varieties to ripen. Merlin has the lowest screenings compared to any other varieties available. It offers the best all round package, giving growers the flexibility they need with an ever-reducing armoury of chemicals while retaining the miller’s confidence in quality.
“Kernel content is very good and dehulling looks suitable. The screenings were low and the bushel weight was very good. We buy a great deal of organic gluten-free oats for export and the UK and are very keen to support improved varieties for both growers and millers.”
Philip Raynor, Glebe Farm, Cambridgeshire
“We’ve grown Merlin for the last two years, it’s been our highest-yielding oat at well over 3t/acre. It’s early to ripen, is low input, it has good standing ability, and has a very good quality. I’ve got nothing bad to say about it.”
Ronald Dick, mixed farmer, Scotland
“Merlin and Isabel look to be the strongest spring varieties. If more Merlin is grown and it meets spec, there’s no reason why we wouldn’t take it over Isabel.”
Brin Hughes, Agronomy manager,Richardson Milling
Merlin out-yields the UK’s 3 leading spring oats both in treated and untreated trials.
Merlin offers the best lodging score of any listed variety and is the second earliest maturing variety in Scotland, and 8% higher yielding that the earliest. Merlin also scores an 8 for mildew, the top rating given to any oat.
Merlin’s screenings are the lowest of any listed oat which is a real bonus to the mills and specific weight is over 1% higher than Elyann. It’s this mix of low screenings, good specific weight and kernel content that is generating interest from the millers.
“Merlin established well and had strong disease resistance... The yield was 69t from 9.3ha and the germination was sound. This was a better yield than the other spring oat variety we were growing.”
Richard Monk, Hampshire arable farmer