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First Harvest Results show above-average winter barley yields

Harvest Results from three AHDB Recommended Lists (RL) winter barley trials sites (Lincolnshire, Glamorgan and Hampshire) have been published (23 July 2019). The average treated yield of control varieties (10.62 t/ha) is currently ahead of the five-year average (10.07 t/ha).

The six-row conventional feed varieties Funky (109%) and KWS Astaire (106%) are performing well, writes AHDB. As are the six-row hybrid varieties SY Baracooda (108%), SY Kingsbarn (106%) and Sunningdale (106%). The two-row feed varieties KWS Gimlet (105%) and LG Mountain (105%) are showing the best yields so far in 2019. These varieties were both new to the 2019/20 Recommended List.

Two-row malting varieties are judged more on their quality than outright yield. Currently, the average yields are Electrum (98%), Craft (95%) and SY Venture (88%).

The five-year average values (2015 to 2019) provide a better representation of performance across seasons. The six-row hybrids SY Baracooda (107%), Belmont (107%) and SY Kingsbarn (107%) are performing well on yield. For the two-row feeds, KWS Gimlet (103%), LG Mountain (103%), KWS Orwell (102%) and LG Flynn (101%) have produced the highest yields.

Five-year average results also provide a better measure of candidate varieties. Results can only be published when varieties have completed national listing. The candidate six-row hybrid varieties are achieving good yields in the five-year average figures, with SY Melbourne at 108% and SY Kingston at 107%. New two-row feed varieties KWS Hawking (105%), Jordan (103%) and KWS Patriot (103%) are performing well. The candidate two-row malting varieties Fay and Zophia both have a five-year average yield of 96%.


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