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.
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.