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HARVEST UPDATE – Winter Barley

18/08/2013 HGCA results for winter barley and oilseed rape

Winter BarleyWith twelve results in for winter barley, yields in 2013 are 8.46 t/ha which is below the five-year average of 8.73 t/ha. Of the varieties currently on the HGCA Recommended List, the two-row feed varieties Retriever (108%) and KWS Glacier (107%) and the six-row Hybrid Volume (106%) have all performed well in 2013. The percentages refer to a comparison of the yield of the control varieties.New feed candidate varieties have also performed well in 2013. Harelquin has so far achieved a yield of 108% compared to the control varieties and Tetris 107%. The six-row conventional varieties KWS Merdian (104%) and Escadre (100%) have performed similar to their five-year average in 2013.For malting barley varieties quality is crucial, but based on the yields, SY Venture (102%), Talisman (101%) and Archer (101%) have all performed well in line with their five-year average.Untreated yields are higher in 2013 compared with their five-year average. KWS Meridian has the best untreated yield, alongside two candidate varieties Tetris and Cadillac.Winter oilseed rape
With nine results in for the East / West region, the gross output average, which takes account of the seed yield and oil content, is 5.37 t/ha in 2013 just below the four year average of 5.41 t/ha. The four-year average values, represented as the % of the control varieties, provide a more balanced value to look at variety performance over several years. Looking at the varieties on the HGCA Recommended List, the three restored hybrid varieties; PR46W21, Marathon and PT211 which are the top yielding varieties on the current HGCA Recommended List continue to hold their position. Both Marathon and PT211 have also done well in 2013 compared with their four-year average values. The two conventional varieties Quartz and Sesame have also performed well in 2013 trials. Looking at the new candidate varieties, Trinity, Incentive, Charger and Ginfizz have performed well in 2013 as well as the four-year average.


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