Commentary for winter wheat and spring barley RL harvest results tables from Dr Simon Oxley.
Average yields from 2014 HGCA Recommended List trials are currently 11.53 t/ha. This is one and a half tonnes higher than the five-year average of 10.01 t/ha. Yields at the 1st wheat site at Frisby in Leicestershire achieved an average of 13.73 t/ha.
The highest yield from current RL varieties is the hard feed wheat Evolution (105% of the control varieties). The five-year average figures are more meaningful when looking at performance over several seasons. Evolution achieves 106% on the five-year average. This is equalled byKWS Kielder followed by KWS Santiago (105%) and Dickens (105%)
Soft feed varieties which performed well in2014 include Leeds (104%) and Panacea (104%). On the five-year averages, both varieties achieve 105% of the control varieties, so have performed well both in2014 and in the five-year average figures.
Quality wheats are best judged on quality and market requirements, but on the basis of yield, the provisional Group 1 variety Skyfall has had an exceptional year in 2014 with a yield of 103% (102%five-year average). The Group 2 variety Cubanita achieved 100% in 2014 (101% five-year average). The Group 2 variety Panorama has had a good year in 2014 at 104%,with the five-year average yield 100%.
The biscuit wheats (Group 3) yields showIcon achieving 103% in 2014 (102% five-year average) and Zulu achieving 102% both in 2014 and in the five-year average.
Candidate varieties showing good yields include the hard feed variety Reflection with 106% in 2014 and 107% in the five-year average. The hard feed variety Jorvick has 104% in 2014 and 105% in the five-year average, the potential bead making variety KWS Lili has 105% in 2014 and in the five-year average.
Spring barley yields
Spring barley yields in 2014 HCA RecommendList trials are currently averaging 8.24 t/ha, which is just over a tonne per hectare above the five year average of 7.22 t/ha.
The brewing variety Sanette (MAGB provisional approval 2) yielded 108% of the control varieties in 2014 (107%five-year average). KWS Irina (MAGB provisional approval 1 for brewing) achieved 109% in 2014 and 107% in the five year average.
Looking at the fully approved varieties, Odyssey (full approval for brewing and distilling) has a yield of 102% in 2014 and for the five-year average. Concerto (brewing and distilling) has a yield of 98% also in 2014 and the five-year average. Propino (full approval for brewing) achieved a yield of 102% in 2014 and over the five-year average. Moonshine (full approval distilling) has a 2014 yield of 100% and 98% in the five-year average.
The feed variety Shada has a 2014 yield of 108% in 2014 (107% five-year average).