Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds (RL)

The AHDB Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds (RL) publications and resources provide information on yield and quality performance, agronomic features and market options to assist with variety selection.

RL booklet (2022/23)

Released 10 January 2022 (first edition)

Download the RL 2022/23 booklet

Order a printed copy of the RL booklet

It is estimated that the print edition will start to land on doormats on 21 January 2022.

RL Harvest Results

Access the latest information from AHDB Recommended List trials, including sowing lists and Harvest Result data. Or sign up to Harvest Results – our e-newsletter sent out regularly during harvest.

Visit the Harvest Results page

RL app

Adding value to the online tables and booklet, our RL app provides a powerful and pint-sized way to deliver variety data to your fingertips.

Recommended Lists app

RL variety selection tool

Use this tool to navigate RL trial data, make comparisons and identify the most promising varieties for your unique situation.

Variety selection tool

Type of list

Recommended Lists

Available for the major cereal and oilseed crops: winter and spring cereals (wheat, barley and oats) and winter oilseed rape. Recommended varieties are considered to have the potential to provide a consistent economic benefit to the UK cereals or oilseeds industry. The Recommended Lists are based on data from many trials.

Descriptive Lists

Available for spring oilseed rape, spring linseed, winter triticale, winter rye and some major cereal crop varieties*. Described varieties are used when recommendation is not appropriate but there is demand for data and seed is likely to be available. Trials are conducted with the same rigour as RL trials but are fewer in number. As a result, care should be taken when interpreting differences between varieties. *Described major crop varieties are usually for niche markets.

Candidate Lists

Available for all cereal and oilseed crops, candidate varieties are usually in their first or second year of RL trials, having completed at least two years of preliminary trials (e.g. National List trials). If data is sufficient, they are considered for recommendation. Candidate data is published once varieties have achieved National Listing. As this occurs throughout the year, the online RL tables and app host the latest information.

Regional yields

Cereal regions

Winter oilseed rape regions


  • Regional yields are calculated for winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley and winter oilseed rape
  • Regional yields are based on fewer trials and should be treated more cautiously
  • Divisions between regions are not absolute
  • Growers are advised to consider which region is most appropriate for their conditions

RL timeline

  • Jul–Nov: Regular data from the RL trials published (Harvest Results)
  • Nov/Dec: Latest RL edition launched as online tables
  • Jan/Feb: Latest RL edition launched as a booklet (winter edition)
  • Jan/Feb: Latest RL edition used to update digital tools (e.g. app)
  • May: RL booklet edition revised (summer edition)
  • All year: Latest candidate data added to the online tables and app

RL strategy

We want the RL to feature varieties that help all businesses – from farmers to end users – maintain and improve the productivity and competitiveness of the UK grain supply chain. However, RL users are diverse, the production environment is changing, and the budget is limited. Find out how our five-year strategy aims to maintain the delivery of relevant, independent variety data.

Read the RL delivery strategy (2022–27)

About the RL

The AHDB Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds 2021–2026 (RL) project provides independent information on yield and quality performance, agronomic features and market options to assist with variety selection. Produced each year, the RL publications are based on the analysis of hundreds of UK trials conducted across several years. Explore our 'project and protocols' page for information on the trials and the decision-making process, including the reasons for adding and removing varieties from RL.

RL project and protocols page

The AHDB Recommended Lists are managed by a project consortium of AHDB, BSPBMAGB and UKFM.