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Spring Cereals

Varieties for the South West

Spring Cereals

Cereals - Spring


Gowers of spring wheat often target the bread making market and producing high quality bread making grain with high hagberg and protein content. Mulika is the dominant spring wheat variety with 70% of the certified seed area. It can be autumn or spring sown, Resistant to OWBM but only moderate resistance to Septoria. Ideal for flexible sowing where blackgrass is an issue and can be sown from November through to mid April.

KWS Willow
Very high yielding variety and where fusarium resistance is required behind maize stubble, Willow is a better choice than Mulika. Willow offers the best of both worlds in this late drilling slot. It is a variety that consistently delivers a good, bold grain and is overall a very good variety. Good foliar disease resistance and stiff straw make it ideal for high fertility sites. Performs well in Pearce autumn and spring sown trials and is the highest yielding spring wheat sown in the autumn.


Very high yields with bold grain early maturity and short stiff straw. Outstanding kernel content – it is the only variety on the AHDB Recommended List trials with a score above 80% and is receiving strong interest from millers for its excellent grain qualities.

The UK spring oats have been marginalised to some extent by the higher performing winter crop. However they provide a useful spring option. Aspen gives the highest yielding husked spring oat with yields 7% above Firth. It has good grain quality with a high kernel content, good specific weight and low screenings. Susceptible to crown rust – but note the same score as Firth. Early maturity and with relatively short stiff straw.


Our main spring variety with good yields and excellent specific weight – best in Pearce seeds 2017 trials and good lodging resistance. Early earing and ripening time. Good resistance to diseases, especially to powdery mildew, brown rust, rhynchosporium and ear fusarium. Provides cereal feed with high levels of protein and lysine and is very suitable for both whole crop and combining. May be used in late autumn sowings.


The highest yielding spring malting barley in Pearce 2017 trials again and a major variety in the European export brewing market. Best brackling score (9) and lodging of any recommended variety and gives a strong performance in the field combining low screenings, excellent agronomy and yield. A good feed barley option, it has high tillering, mid to early maturity and except Brown Rust, has no significant disease weaknesses.

The dominant variety in recent years that also has full IBD Approval for brewing although now has a yield penalty. Still a very marketable grain particularly for export markets and is still the favourite brewing variety for the UK; it has been on the Recommended List since 2010. Relatively long straw with good standing, and is also a popular feed variety. Also showed one of the highest straw yield on Pearce 2017 trial work. Good resistance to Mildew.

RAGT Planet
Highest yielding variety on the National list and now fully approved for IBD for brewing. Medium length straw and good resistant to brackling with bold grain. A fairly short variety, with good resistance to brackling and lodging. Good resistance to Mildew and Ramularia but does not show such good resistance to yellow or brown rust. Moderate resistance to rynchosporium. Should be considered as a feed as well as malting variety due to its high yields.

Second in yield both on National list and Pearce seeds 2017 trials. It has a very good agronomic profile on brackling and and mildew - with the highest untreated yields on the 2017 RL. Highest yielding variety on the Recommended List to have full approval in both Brewing and Distilling (IBD). It has shown very consistent and very high yields across a wide range of environments and seasons. Again with these high yields should be considered for feed barley variety as well.

Westminster continues to be a favoured feed spring barley with demand in livestock regions. Although lower yielding, Westminster is a reliable variety that has performed consistently on-farm, producing a very good grain sample with very good straw attributes that are required by livestock holdings. High specific weight and low sieving losses, with good lodging and brackling resistance. High resistance to Ramularia, Rhynchosporium and mildew.

The highest yielding recommended list feed barley, showing consistency of performance over years and regions. Ovation has a good combination of agronomic characteristics and disease resistance with good Rhynchosporium resistance and mildew but susceptible to brown rust.


The highest yielding variety in the PGRO recommended list 2019. It has strong standing ability at harvest and a high Downy Mildew disease resistance score of 7.

Second highest yielding variety on the PGRO recommended list. Fanfare is an early ripening variety with good standing ability at harvest.


Manager is the highest yielding white pea on the PGRO recommended list. It has a strong downy mildew resistance score of 7 and good standing ability at harvest.

Kareni is a high yielding white pea which is suitable for human consumption as split peas and for animal feed. It has good standing ability, resistance to Pea Wilt (race 1) and good resistance to Downy Mildew.


Mirakel Hybrid
A high yielding hybrid which is medium early to mature and early to flower. Good oil levels along with low Glucosinolate levels and very high resistance to lodging make this a robust hybrid variety. Supplied in 2.1 million seed packs which is enough to sow 3 ha at 70 seeds/m2 .

Lumen Hybrid
Lumen is a new hybrid spring oilseed rape variety from DSV. It sits at the top of the AHDB List with a yield of 105% and is early to mature and harvest boasting scores of 7 for both maturity and floweringas well as a 7 for shortness of stem. Supplied in 2.1 million seed packs which is enough to sow 3 ha at 70 seeds/ m2 .

Ability Conventional
Ability is an economic conventional variety which has an excellent agronomic package, good oil content and below average glucosinolate content. It also has relatively short stems which can help reduce the chance of lodging. Conventional spring oilseed rape should be sown into a fine, firm seed bed at a rate of 130–150 seeds/ mC.

Batsman is a high yielding, early maturing variety which is stiff strawed and has a good oil content. Linseed is typically sown at a rate of approximately 650 seeds/m2 which equates to 18 to 24 kgs/acre depending on the TGW of the seed

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