Two of the HGCA Recommended List springbarley trials have been harvested this week. One in Yorkshire, the second inNorfolk. It is too early to make any form conclusions on the season, says HGCAsDr Simon Oxley, but the average yields for 2014 are 6.89 t/ha which are runningat a similar level to the five-year average yield of 6.99 t/ha.
Varieties on the current HGCA RecommendedList which yield well, are also performing well in these two trials. Themalting barley variety, KWS Irina (provisional brewing) has a yield of 109% ofthe control varieties and Sanette (provisional brewing) achieved 108% of thecontrol varieties. For varieties with full approval for brewing, Odysseyhas a 2014 average yield of 107 % and Propino 101%.
The feed variety Shada has achieved a yieldof 111% of the control varieties in 2014, and has performed well at both sites.
The control varieties in 2014 are NFCTipple, Quench, Concerto, Propino and Odyssey. Their average yield is used tocalculate the yield value equal to 100%
Winter oilseed rape North region
Three oilseed rape results have now beenreceived from the north region, which comprises trials from Teesside up toAberdeenshire. The average gross output is 5.73 t/ha which is above the fouryear average of 5.1 t/ha. The Edinburgh site achieved the highest averageyield of 6.25 t/ha.
Looking at 2014 yields alone, Anastasiacurrently achieves a gross output of 117% of the control varieties, Boheme 116%and Incentive 112%.The four year average figures are, however, a betterreflection of variety performance over several seasons and Anastasia achieves agross output of 110% of the control varieties, Incentive 109% and Boheme 107%.
Candidate varieties which are currentlyperforming well in the 2014 harvest include Campus (116%) SY Harnas (115%),V316OL (112%) Combiner (112%) and DK Explicit (112%).