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New Recommended List quality traits and better agronomics

Newcomers to this yearsHGCA Recommended Lists see a step forward in varieties achieving a quality product for end-users in combination with superior agronomics for growers, says the HGCA, which announced the new Lists in early December.

 In total 28 cereals and oilseed varieties have been added to the Recommended Lists for 2015/16, while 27 varieties have been removed.

The new varieties added to the list include an oilseed variety with both excellent yield and food-grade oil quality. There are also a number of new options for end-users looking for varieties for bread, biscuits, beer, whisky or grain alcohol, said HGCAs DrSimon Oxley, who manages the Recommended Lists.

New quality cereal varieties will now undergo more commercial testing but along with these potentially marketable qualities, they promise to provide the grower with an excellent package of high yields and agronomic features.

He added: Growers looking for feed wheat or moving to spring barley for feed as part of a strategy to manage black-grass will also not be disappointed.

Winter wheat

KWS Trinity is a new quality Provisional nabim Group 1 winter wheat, which combines bread-making quality with a high yield and good resistance to rusts, mildew, eyespot and fusarium head blight. Early indications from tests are that this variety has all the characteristics to be a quality bread wheat and it will undergo further quality testing as part of nabims two-step process in granting full Group 1 status.

Another newly-recommended bread quality wheat is KWS Lili, a nabim Group 2 variety with excellent yields in combination with stiff straw and good resistance to yellow rust, mildew and septoria tritici. It is slightly later maturing than other nabim Group 2 varieties but has a consistent high yield throughout the UK. This variety is also provisionally approved for uk p export.

In the nabim Group 3biscuit category there are two new varieties Britannia and RGT Conversion.

Britannia is the highest yielding nabim Group 3 variety on the HGCA Recommended List, suitable for biscuits and with provisional uk’s export potential. It has good resistance to yellow rust and septoria tritici but attention is required to manage straw strength. RGT Conversion has a yield similar to existing nabim Group 3 varieties, but it also has good distilling characteristics, achieving a high alcohol yield and low viscosity inline with the current best distilling varieties on the List. Agronomically, it has stiff straw and good resistance to disease.

There are two newhigh-yielding hard Group 4 wheats, Reflection and Costello.

Reflection is the highest yielding variety on the Recommended List, with an agronomic package which includes stiff straw, early maturity, good disease resistance and resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. The variety has performed well in all regions and on light and heavy soils. Costello is a high-yielding, stiff-strawed feed wheat that combines good resistance to mildew and rusts with a high untreated yield. The variety also achieves a high specific weight and Hagberg falling number.


For winter barley growers,there is a choice of two new feed varieties for the UK, a six-row conventionalfeed variety Daxor and atwo-row feed variety, KWS Infinity.

Daxor combines a high yield and stiffer straw than current conventional six-row feed varieties. KWS Infinity raises the two-row feed yield, with no compromise on maturity, straw strength or specific weight. Both varieties also have resistance to barley yellow mosaic virus.

Spring malting barley sees a total of seven new varieties. Six are under test: RGT Planet for brewing; Sienna, Vault,Octavia for brewing and malt distilling; Olympus for malt and grain distilling and Deveron for malt distilling. Three varieties under test will potentially provide the grower with greater flexibility having a dual-purpose quality end use for brewing and malt distilling. Scholar is also recommended as a new high yielding spring feed variety.

RGTPlanet is stiff strawed and high yielding both when treated and untreated with fungicide. It also has similar maturity to current popular brewing varieties. The highest yields with this variety are seen in the east of the UK.

Sienna is stiff strawed, high yielding and achieves a high specific weight. This characteristic is one that the brewers are now taking notice of along with other quality brewing characteristics. Vault and Octavia are both stiff-strawed high-yielding varieties, with Octavia being an earlier-ripening variety with a higher rating for rhynchosporium than the other new dual-purpose varieties. Ripening is an important feature further north, while rhynchosporiumis a major issue in wet regions and seasons.

Olympus achieves a high yield and good disease resistance, with the potential flexibility to meet the needs of both the malt and grain distilling markets. Grain distilling varieties are currently limited to one variety, so this variety will potentially lead to a yield change for growers in this market. Deveron has a high yield, particularly in the north where a malting variety would be grown.

The new feed variety Scholar combines stiff-straw with a high yield and good specific weight, plus good resistance to brackling. The variety has good resistance to mildew, and ramularia but attention will be required to manage brown rust and rhynchosporium in high disease pressure regions. A high-yielding feed spring barley may catch the eye of a grower looking to move to spring barley as part of the three crop rule or to manage black-grass by moving to spring sowings.

Oilseed rape

For oilseed rape, new varieties offer improved yield. The variety V316OL is a first for the HGCA RecommendedList for oilseeds, combining high yields in both UK regions and a good agronomic package with high quality food-grade oil, with the potential to attract a premium.

The East/West oilseed rapeList sees eight additions, with four varieties removed, and the North List sees seven new varieties with six removed. Four of these varieties make both the regional Lists V316OL, SY Harnas, Campus and the clubroot resistant variety Mentor.In addition to these, Popular, Picto, Arazzo and Fencer were added to the East/West List and DK Explicit, DK Exentiel and PT234 were added to the North List.

V316OL produces a quality food oil that is high inoleic and low in linolenic acid (HOLL). This fatty acid profile meets the food industry’s quality requirements, allowing growers new access to the value food oil market and potentially bringing an additional premium. This oil profile is also suitable for the general commodity crush if the contract specification is not achieved. In addition, V316OL has the highest gross output on the East/West list and good resistance to the major diseases, representing a step forward both in quality, yield and performance throughout the UK.

SYHarnas is another high-yielding variety performing throughout the UK. It tops the gross output in the North,where its high rating of 7 for light leaf spot will be a very attractive feature. Campus has a high gross output throughout the UK, stiff straw and good resistance to light leaf spot. Mentor has resistance to clubroot and may be used as part of an integrated control programme on land where this soil-borne disease is having an impact on yield. Attention to detail is however required to manage the common foliar diseases on Mentor.

Threevarieties recommended for the East/West are Popular, which combines a high gross output with good resistanceto disease. Picto is anotherhigh-yielding variety with stiff straw. Arazzoachieves a high yield, but requires attention to manage p

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