Organic Seeds

We’re proud to be the leading supplier in the UK of organic seeds, including both cereal and pulse seeds. We not only have an extensive range of winter and spring cereals and pulses, our collection includes grass, roots, forage, arable silage and small seeds.

Our team are experts in organic seeds and organic combinable crops, and we have strong relationships with world-class UK and European plant breeders. This means we can supply established seed varieties, as well as bringing new pioneering varieties to the market place, on semi-exclusive and sometimes exclusive arrangements.

We have fully certified organic land in Lincolnshire, where we conduct comprehensive field trials. This means we can guarantee competitive and organically suited seed varieties which have been extensively tested for a minimum of two years. We believe it’s important to grow our seed crops as close to the seed plants as possible and our industry-leading portfolio is supported by unrivalled passion and expertise.

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Organic Barley Seeds

Spring Barley Seeds

Evelina Spring Barley

Bred by Austrian plant breeder Saatzucht Edelhof, Evelina spring barley is another exclusive to Cope Seeds. Edelhoff are a plant breeder who breed both for the conventional and organic markets, which is very unusual, but of benefit to the organic farmer.  Evelina boasts outstanding disease resistance, tall straw with high yields of grain and straw, perfect for the organic farmer with livestock.

Evelina was trialled in Independent Private Trials and whilst achieving competitive yields, it was the earliest variety to mature and achieved the best specific weight of any variety in the trial.


Laureate spring barley is another quality malting type suitable for both brewing and distilling, bred by Syngenta. In fact, it is the highest yielding variety suitable for both markets. For many years the organic maltsters have been content with Westminster and Propino, but they now appear ready to try this new variety.

Laureate spring barley has high untreated yields of 97% (compared to Propino at 86%), has a sound agronomic package with good resistance scores to all the major diseases. It is a day later to mature when compared to RGT Planet or Concerto and is one of the shorter varieties. Therefore, thought must be given to placing this variety on your cleaner fields.

For further information please call: 00441529 421081

Click here for the Laureate factsheet

LG Diablo

LG Diablo has a very high untreated yield of 97% coupled with the fact that it has full approval for Malt distilling use and a good all round disease package means that LG diablo would be a good option for an organic grower.

For further information please call: 00441529 421081


Sienna Spring Barley is starting to prove a popular choice amongst organic growers, which can be attributed to several key reasons. Firstly it is one of the tallest varieties available from the Recommended List, especially since the removal of the popular variety Westminster. As well as being tall it tillers particularly well and is one of the best for smothering.

Secondly, its disease package is good across all areas and gives the 2nd highest score when combining all disease resistant scores together.

Sienna spring barleys next key attribute is its grain quality, giving the highest grain quality available of any recommended variety.

For further information please call: 00441529 421081

Click here for the Sienna factsheet


Westminster spring barley is a long-standing favourite in the organic sector with long, stiff straw. It has excellent all-round disease resistance combined with very high specific weight.

Accepted by some end users as a malting barley. However, the combination of relatively long straw and good disease resistance characteristics mean WESTMINSTER is an excellent choice as a feed barley also.

Malting Buy Backs are available on Westminster. If you are interested please get in touch.

For further information please call: 00441529 421081

Click here for the Westminster factsheet

Winter Barley Seeds

KWS Astaire

A six row feed barley with exceptional untreated yield potential. New to this year’s Recommended List, KWS Estaire is a variety which offers plenty of straw but with excellent standing ability. KWS Astaire also offers the best combined score for disease resistance, offering some peace of mind to the organic grower.

Click here for the Astaire factsheet

Organic Beans

Spring Beans


Offering yields 5% above Fuego, Fanfare spring bean is a consistent variety that offers good quality, albeit slightly below that of Fuego. Fanfare has an excellent agronomics package offering a similar standing score when compared to Vertigo. For further information please call 00441529 421081

Click here for the Fanfare factsheet

LG Cartouche

LG Cartouche is available organically, and contains particularly high levels of protein. For further information please call: 00441529 421081

Click here for the LG Cartouche factsheet


Vertigo spring beans have been added to the PGRO Recommended List 2013 and offers a 4% yield advantage over Fuego whilst also offering a slight improvement in quality. The only slight difference in favour of Fuego is its score for standing. For further information please click here or call: 00441529 421081

Click here for the Vertigo factsheet


We have recently seen the innovation of a new sub-category for LVC (low vicine/convicine) spring beans, which includes varieties Victus and Tiffany. They are distinguished by a high protein and low vicine and convicine content – characters that will help to further develop the UK pulse market with end users. Victus is better suited to the organic market and is now available on our exclusive buy back contracts with attractive premiums for specialist animal feed use.

If you are interested in earning a premium on your feed beans, please call: 00441529 421081

Click here for the Victus Spring Beans factsheet

Winter Beans


Added to the PGRO Recommended List in 2016, Bumble offers yields 6% above Wizard and excellent grain quality according to the latest PGRO list. All varieties offered strictly subject to availability. Please call 00441529 421081 or email for prices.

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Added to the PGRO Recommended List in 2014, Tundra offers yields 5% higher than Wizard according to the lastest PGRO list. Tundra winter bean is an early ripening variety with straw length and standing power similar to Wizard. Having a pale hilum colour, this makes it highly suited for export. Tundra has a coloured flower and is a high tannin type bean. All varieties offered strictly subject to availability. Please call 00441529 421081 or email for prices.

Click here for the Tundra factsheet

Organic Triticale

Spring Triticale


Puzon is a new spring triticale variety with good yield potential, it possesses a high protein content making it ideal for animal feed. Puzon’s height is classed as medium with having a good resistance to lodging. It has an excellent disease resistance package with very good scores for powdery mildew, brown and yellow rust plus ear fusarium.


Somtri Spring triticale, has long straw but excellent resistance to lodging. Because of its enormous root development, Somtri may tap nutrients and water also from deeper soil layers, making it a very tolerant variety to stressful situations.

Somtri triticale has low susceptibility to fusarium and ergot giving a production of healthy and unpolluted fodder. Somtri triticale produces high grain yields, higher than current leading varieties such as Logo, Nilex and Legalo. In TAG Trials, Somtri outperformed Nilex by +23%.

Somtri will only be available as conventional untreated seed, so derogations will be required to use this variety, should there be no organic alternatives.

Click here for the latest Somtri factsheet.

Winter Triticale


SECURO Winter Triticale took 15% of the German market in its first year and after being entered straight into UK HGCA Official Trials in 2013, it went into 2nd year Official Trials in 2014 as the top yielding variety and made it into final RL trials in 2015. Securo is the 2nd tallest variety with good resistance to lodging. It’s high yields are complemented by a good specific weight and the highest protein percentage score on the AHDB descriptive list. The combination of straw potential and high protein content, make Securo triticale the perfect choice for the livestock farmer.

Please click here for further information.

Organic Wheat Seeds

Spring Wheat Seeds


Alicia is a milling variety with yields and disease resistance similar to Mulika. It has an exceptionally high specific weight, protein potential and good hagbergs. Early to mature.


A consistent and reliable milling variety which delivers good proteins, hagbergs and specific weights. Very similar to Paragons milling capabilities. According to this year’s Recommended List, Mulika offers good resistance to Yellow Rust and Brown Rust. Mulika is also Orange Blossom Midge resistance.

Click here for the Mulika factsheet


First listed in 1999, Paragon has been a good servant to both conventional and organic growers. Like hereward in the Winter Wheat sector, Paragon is recognised as the bread making quality benchmark by which all other spring wheats are judged. Paragon has good all round disease resistance and good straw characteristics.

Click here for the Paragon factsheet

Winter Wheat Seeds


Cougar winter wheat has now been removed from the Recommended List as it does not have a place in the conventional market. However, it is still a variety to consider when being grown in the organic sector. It has an extremely high untreated yield, which is down to its high resistance to disease (it held the highest score on the recommended list for Septoria before it was removed), but it can be susceptible to eyespot. Cougar is a soft wheat and therefore offers more end user opportunity than a standard feed wheat.

With less than 200 hectares in the ground for seed production, it’s market share will be low at less than 1% as most of the acreage is for organic use.

Orange Blossom Midge resistant.

Click here for the Cougar factsheet


Edelmann is bred by expert Austrian plant breeder Edelhoff, the same breeder of Evelina spring barley, Ehogold winter wheat, Elego and Elias winter rye.

Stuart Roberts NFU Vice Chairman was so impressed with his Edelmann that based on Harvest 2018 results is growing a larger area of Edelmann on a seed contract.

Andrew Wilson is a farmer situated two miles north of Hadrian’s Wall and Edelmann is his number one variety. The main farming principle is to work with nature, growing and milling the best varieties available.

“As growers and millers in the north east, this hard winter wheat meets all of our needs. Its tall straw and good disease resistance is delivering both quality and yield as a first year wheat, with great milling performance. The hard grains give excellent flour extraction and fractured starch for outstanding baking performance and flavour. It’s in the grist!” Andrew Wilkinson, Gilchesters Organics

We have buy-back contracts available for the variety which offers an attractive premium over feed wheats. Please get in touch for more details.


Ehogold winter wheat is an organically bred variety from Austria, which is capable of achieving the best milling quality available. This variety is around 20% lower yielding when compared to UK conventionally bred material but the grain quality achieved with this variety is superb. Ehogold is extremely tall and has the appearance of a heritage type of wheat. It is extremely early to mature. Milling contracts are available which offer a premium over other milling varieties.

Speak to Gemma should you be interested in the buy back contract.


Elation is a group 4 soft variety that yields well and has good levels of disease resistance including a 9 for yellow rust. OWBM resistant. Elation is approved for both UK Distilling and soft wheat export.


Since the demise of Claire, we have struggled to find a Group 3 variety that suits the Organic grower. Elicit has a good untreated yield and is average in height with excellent resistance to lodging and a good all round disease package making it a welcome addition to our portfolio.

Click here for the Elicit factsheet


KWS Extase a group 2 milling variety has a very impressive untreated yield of 95% and equally impressive disease resistance package including a score of 8.1 for septoria tritici. Grain quality is also excellent with a hagberg of 297 and specific weight of 78.4.


Graham winter wheat, bred by Syngenta has proven popular both organically and conventionally for its disease resistance, especially to Septoria. It is a medium height variety with good resistance to lodging and early maturity. Graham winter wheat performs well as a 1st wheat and on heavy soils.

Click here for the Graham factsheet

KWS Firefly

KWS firefly a group 3 variety that has a good untreated yield (84%) and is a very good all-rounder for disease resistance. Grain quality is reasonable with a 245 Hagberg.

KWS Sisken

A group 2 variety, KWS Sisken should be viewed as a high yielding feed wheat within the organic sector with excellent disease resistance. KWS Sisken scores a 9 for both yellow and brown rust as well as a 6.8 for Septoria. It is a medium height variety best suited to the first wheat position and does well on heavy and light soils.

Click here for the KWS Sisken group 2 factsheet

KWS Zyatt

KWS Zyatt winter wheat is an exciting, new group 1 variety with high untreated yields making it a true dual variety, suited to the milling and feed market.

KWS Zyatt performs well in the second wheat slot and performs well in all regions of the UK, on all types of soil. However it does prefer heavier land. It is a short, stiff variety which is early to mature.

KWS Zyatt performed well in our own organic trials and came 2nd behind Dunston in terms of yield, mirroring that of the Recommended List untreated trials.

Click here for the KWS Zyatt group 1 factsheet


Nelson is a dual purpose variety suitable for bread making as well as a feed variety. It is a German E-Quality Milling variety (the best rating available) which combined with superb grain quality and extremely high specific weights means that millers are readily accepting the variety.

Tall, Winter hardy and with a stiff straw Nelson is a low input variety which is highly suited to Organic farming.

Click here for the 2018 Nelson untreated trials results .


Revelation is the most widely grown variety in the organic sector due to its consistency and reliability of performance since its first listing in 2013. It is a tall variety with good resistance to lodging and has an excellent disease profile, especially mildew, yellow rust, brown rust and eyespot as well as fusarium. Its growth characteristics make it highly suited to early sowings. Late to mature.

Click here for the Revelation factsheet

RGT Saki

RGT Saki is a group 4 soft variety with a very good untreated yield of 86% and a decent disease resistant package to complement it. OWBM resistant.  Saki is a taller variety with excellent resistance to lodging. maturity is similar to that of revelation’s.

Organic Oats

Spring Oats


Aspen spring oat offers an untreated yield advantage of 4% 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.

Please click here for further information.


Canyon spring oat offers a competitive untreated yield with excellent all round grain quality, making it one of the millers favourites. Its mildew resistance is exceptional (8) m but is slightly behind Yukon for Crown Rust control.

Click here for the Canyon factsheet


Delfin spring oat is an exciting newcomer to the AHDB Recommended Spring Oat List, offering the highest untreated yield potential, with yields 1% above Yukon, 6% above Canyon and 12% above WPB Elyann. The grain quality of Delfin is good and should be of interest to the oat millers.

Agronomically Delfin is a medium maturing variety, offering plenty of straw being the tallest variety on the list but with excellent standing (8). It is the only variety to score a 9 for Mildew and its Crown Rust resistance is the same as Canyon and Firth.

Click here for the Delfin factsheet


Patrick spring naked oat 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.

Patrick Naked Oat, in the Czech Republic 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. Seed will be available for Spring, but orders must be placed early to avoid disappointment as supply is limited (read more about naked oats).

WPB Isabel

WBP Isabel is the newest variety to be added to the recommended list. It has a competitive untreated yield and superb grain quality with a kernel content of 76.8 and a specific weight 55.7. Isabel is a good all-rounder for disease.


This is the second year Yukon Spring Oats have been commercially available and are the second highest yielding variety in untreated situations of any commercially available spring oat from the AHDB Recommended List.

Yukon spring oat has the grain quality needed by the oat millers, offering premium earning potential.

Agronomically it is tall with stiff straw and offers earlier maturity compared to Firth & Canyon.

Yukon has excellent resistance to Mildew (8) and its resistance to Crown Rust is better than most on the list.

Click here for the Yukon factsheet

Winter Oats


A new Austrian variety that in recent trials was seen to have not only high yields but also to have the highest specific weight of all the winter oat varieties on the AHDB list. This combined with early maturity and excellent grain quality means Eagle is a serious alternative to the market leaders such as Mascani.

Click here for the Eagle factsheet


Still the No.1 UK variety with 63% of the market, Mascani is early to mature and has excellent disease resistance, particularly to crown rust. Mascani offers high bushel weights, with low screenings and the excellent grain quality should continue to ensure its popularity with the millers.

Click here for the Mascani factsheet

Organic Peas

Spring Peas


Prophet is an established large blue variety with a yield advantage over Daytona (3%) and LG stallion (6%). In terms of agronomic attributes prophet is a good all-rounder and has excellent resistance to downy mildew. TGW and protein is In line with other large blue varieties.


Arable Silage Mixtures

Arable Silage Mixtures

Arable Silage mixtures can provide valuable amounts of high protein forage for livestock farmers as well as leaving residual nitrogen for following crops. The crop, once ensiled can provide excellent winter feed rations for dairy, beef and sheep.

Arable Silage can produce excellent yields from a short growing period of approximately 13 –16 weeks with the silage combining high intake potential that can be used as part of a mixed forage diet. The pea content of these mixtures can also help increase the protein content.

Arable silage mixtures can be under sown with a new grass ley to further maximise land use. Arable Silage Mixtures are sown late March to Mid April with a seeding rate of 75 – 85 kilos per acre if sown on their own or 50-60 kilos per acre if undersown with a grass crop. The resultant crop can be baled or clamped and should produce around 12-15 tonnes fresh weight per acre with a typical analysis of:

Dry matter 30- 40%
ME 9- 11MJ/kg
Crude Protein 9- 11%

Cope Seeds offer 3 standard mixtures which normally available for immediate dispatch:-

Mixture CSO1 (70% Organic)

60% Spring Barley
40% Spring Peas

Our most popular Organic Arable Silage mixture, CSO1 produces a good balance of yield, starch and protein together with the ability to be undersown with a grass mixture.

Suggested sowing rate – 75 kilos per acre (185 kilos per hectare) if sown alone or 50 kilos per acre (125 kilos per hectare) if undersown with a grass mixture

Mixture CSO2 (70% Organic)

40% Spring Barley
60% Spring Peas

This mixture will be slightly lower yielding than CSO1 but with a higher protein content.
Suggested sowing rate 80-85 kilos per acre (200 – 210 kilos per hectare) if sown alone or 60-65 kilos per acre (150-160 kilos per hectare) if undersown.

Both the above mixtures are available with Spring Oats instead of Spring Barley

Mixture CSO3 (70% Organic)

40% Spring Barley
30% Spring Oats
30% Spring Peas

A traditional Arable Silage mixture, including Oats as well as Barley and Peas. Oats can do better than Barley in less favourable conditions or areas of higher rainfall.

Suggested sowing rate – 75 kilos per acre (185 kilos per hectare) if sown alone or 50 kilos per acre (125 kilos per hectare) if undersown with a grass mixture.

Special Mixtures

Although we have the above mixtures readily available, we are more than happy to quote for any special arable silage mixture that you would like to plant. Mixtures CSO1 and CSO2 for instance can also be mixed to order using oats rather than barley if required. Vetches are also available for inclusion if required. Non-Organic mixtures are also available on request.

Please contact Simon on 01529 421081 or simon@copeseeds.co.uk for price and availability

Organic Grass Mixtures

For our full range of organic grass mixtures, visit our grass seed page.