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Recommended Lists variety comments

RL 2020/21 variety comments

An overview of recommended varieties of cereals and oilseeds.

Wheat

Winter wheat 2020/21

nabim Group 1 varieties

Crusoe – ukp

Quality: A nabim Group 1 variety, classified as a ukp bread wheat for export. It has high Hagbergs and specific weights and has consistently given good proteins.

Agronomy: This short and relatively stiff-strawed variety has high resistance to yellow rust but is very susceptible to brown rust.

nabim comment:  Has consistently demonstrated good protein content and quality. The bread crumb structure is notably white and of good quality. The baking performance of this variety is good and consequently it remains popular with millers.

KWS Zyatt – ukp

Quality: A nabim Group 1 bread wheat, classified as a ukp bread wheat for export. KWS Zyatt has given high yields, combined with high specific weights and Hagbergs. It has given good proteins under a regime to achieve milling specification.

Agronomy: This short and relatively stiff-strawed variety has given high treated yields in the East and West regions, as well as in second cereal situations and in trials on heavy soil. KWS Zyatt has good overall disease resistance, especially for eyespot (Pch1), yellow rust and mildew. It is a relatively early-maturing variety and limited data suggest it may have a tendency to sprout, so should be given priority at harvest.

nabim comment: This variety is popular with millers as it shows good gluten strength and milling quality alongside a good baking performance. As a high yielding variety, nitrogen applications may have to be adjusted to achieve protein specifications.

RGT Illustrious

Quality: A nabim Group 1 bread wheat with high Hagbergs that has given good proteins under a regime to achieve milling specification.

Agronomy: This medium-tall and relatively stiff-strawed variety has given UK yields comparable to Crusoe. It has good overall disease resistance, especially to yellow rust. RGT Illustrious carries the Pch1 eyespot resistance gene.

nabim comment: This variety has a higher level of water absorption (a good feature) and demonstrates good breadmaking potential, even at lower protein levels.

Skyfall

Quality: A nabim Group 1 bread wheat with high Hagbergs and specific weights that has given good proteins under a regime to achieve milling specification.

Agronomy: It is an awned wheat with short, stiff straw and is the only Group 1 variety with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. This variety has good overall disease resistance, especially to brown rust and fusarium ear blight and carries the Pch1 eyespot resistance gene. Skyfall has a tendency for rapid growth and development in the spring but this characteristic is less marked when it is sown after the end of September. It is also relatively early maturing and has a tendency to sprout, so should be given priority at harvest.

nabim comment: Large quantities of this variety continue to be seen by millers and it is popular owing to its good milling and baking qualities. Because it is high yielding, nitrogen applications may have to be adjusted to achieve protein specifications.

nabim Group 2 varieties

KWS Extase – ukp

Quality: A nabim Group 2 wheat, classified as a ukp bread wheat for export. KWS Extase has high Hagbergs and specific weights. It has given good proteins under a regime to achieve milling specification.

Agronomy: This variety has produced high treated yields in the West region and performed particularly well on lighter soils. It is a medium-tall variety with relatively stiff straw. KWS Extase has given exceptionally high yields in untreated UK trials. It has high resistance to yellow rust and brown rust and the highest rating for resistance to septoria tritici for a bread-making variety.

nabim comment: This variety has protein levels similar to KWS Siskin and its performance is consistent with that of other Group 2 varieties. It shows some variability in its baking performance.

KWS Lili – ukp

Quality: A nabim Group 2 wheat, classified as a ukp bread wheat for export. It has a high Hagberg Falling Number in trials, but careful management is required to attain the required protein level for milling specification.

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields in the North region. It is a later-maturing variety with short and relatively stiff straw. It has high resistance to mildew and yellow rust but is susceptible to brown rust. KWS Lili is no longer under test in RL trials.

nabim comment: This variety has lower protein levels than the other Group 2 varieties. There are some concerns with the breadcrumb structure of loaves made solely with this variety but it will usually be used in grists.

KWS Siskin – ukp 

Quality: A high-yielding nabim Group 2 wheat and classified as a ukp bread wheat for export. It has high Hagbergs and has given good proteins under a regime to achieve milling specification.

Agronomy: This short-strawed variety has produced high treated yields in the East and West regions and has performed well in early drilling situations. It has moderate resistance to lodging, but responds well to plant growth regulators. KWS Siskin has high resistance to septoria tritici, mildew and yellow rust. It has a tendency to sprout, so should be given priority at harvest.

nabim comment: This variety has protein levels that are slightly higher than those of KWS Lili.  Some yellowness may be seen in the flour colour. It has shown a degree of variability in its baking performance so may be more suited to use in blends.

LG Detroit – ukp 

Quality: A nabim Group 2 wheat, classified as a ukp bread wheat for export for the East and West regions. It has high Hagbergs and has given good proteins under a regime to achieve milling specification.

Agronomy: This stiff-strawed variety has given its best relative performance in the West region, where it has produced high treated yields. LG Detroit has high resistance to yellow rust, above-average resistance to fusarium ear blight, and is the only Group 2 variety with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

nabim comment: This variety has protein levels similar to the Group 1 varieties. The gluten quality and baking performance shows some variability.

nabim Group 3 varieties

Elicit - uks, distilling: good 

Quality: A nabim Group 3 wheat. It is classified as a uks soft wheat for export and rated as ‘good’ for distilling.

Agronomy: It is a relatively stiff-strawed variety. Elicit has high resistance to yellow rust and brown rust, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. Limited data suggest that this variety may have a tendency to sprout, so should be given priority at harvest.

nabim comment: This variety has shown slightly lower Hagberg Falling Number and slightly weaker gluten than other Group 3 varieties, but meets the criteria for the group.

KWS Barrel – uks 

Quality: A nabim Group 3 wheat. It is classified as a uks soft wheat for export and is rated as ‘poor’ for distilling due to low alcohol levels.

Agronomy: This short and relatively stiff-strawed variety has produced very high yields in the North region and has performed particularly well on lighter soils. KWS Barrel has high resistance to mildew and yellow rust and resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It is susceptible to septoria tritici.

nabim comment: This variety fully meets the criteria for Group 3 wheat.

KWS Basset – uks 

Quality: A nabim Group 3 wheat. It is classified as a uks soft wheat for export and is rated as ‘poor’ for distilling due to low alcohol levels.

Agronomy: This relatively stiff-strawed variety has high resistance to yellow rust and resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. KWS Basset is no longer under test in RL trials.

nabim comment: Although this variety has shown some variation in dough extensibility, it fully meets the criteria for a Group 3 variety.

KWS Firefly – uks

Quality: A nabim Group 3 wheat, classified as a uks soft wheat for export. It has a low specific weight and is rated as ‘poor’ for distilling due to low alcohol levels. It has given good proteins under a regime to achieve milling specification. KWS Firefly has improved Hagbergs over established Group 3 varieties.

Agronomy: This short, stiff-strawed variety has produced high treated yields in both the East and West regions. It has performed well on heavier soils and in a first cereal position. KWS Firefly has the highest rating for resistance to septoria tritici for a Group 3 variety and has high resistance to yellow rust and resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

nabim comment: This variety fully meets the Group criteria.

Zulu – uks, distilling: medium 

Quality: A nabim Group 3 wheat. It is classified as a uks soft wheat for export and rated as ‘medium’ for distilling.

Agronomy: This variety has given its best relative performance in the North region. It has moderate resistance to lodging but responds well to plant growth regulators. Zulu has high resistance to mildew and brown rust, as well as resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It has a tendency to sprout, so should be given priority at harvest. Zulu is no longer under test in RL trials.

nabim comment: This variety has consistently met the requirements of a Group 3 wheat.

Soft Group 4 varieties 

Bennington – uks 

Quality: Recommended for the East and West regions as a soft-milling feed variety. It is classified as a uks soft wheat for export but is rated as ‘poor’ for distilling due to low alcohol levels.

Agronomy: Bennington has given high treated UK yields in the West region and has performed will on heavier soils. This medium-tall and relatively stiff-strawed variety has high resistance to brown rust, mildew and septoria tritici. Bennington is no longer under test in RL trials.

Elation – uks, distilling: good 

Quality: Recommended for the UK as a soft-milling feed variety. It is classified as a uks soft wheat for export and is rated as ‘good’ for distilling.

Agronomy: This short and relatively stiff-strawed variety has performed particularly well in a second cereal rotation. Elation has high resistance to yellow rust and mildew and is resistant to orange wheat blossom midge. It is susceptible to septoria tritici.

KWS Jackal – distilling: medium

Quality: Recommended for the North region as a soft-milling feed variety. It has a low specific weight. It is rated as ‘medium’ for distilling.

Agronomy: This variety has produced high treated yields in the North region. It has performed particularly well in a second cereal situation and early drilling situations. KWS Jackal has high resistance to yellow rust and mildew, as well as resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

Leeds – uks, distilling: medium 

Quality: Recommended for the North region as a soft-milling feed wheat with a high specific weight. It is classified as a uks soft wheat for export and is rated as ‘medium’ for distilling.

Agronomy: Leeds is a relatively stiff-strawed variety but is rather late maturing. It has high resistance to brown rust, resistance to orange wheat blossom midge and above-average resistance to fusarium ear blight. It is very susceptible to mildew. Leeds is no longer under test in RL trials.

LG Motown – distilling: medium 

Quality: Recommended for the UK as a soft-milling feed variety. It has a low specific weight and is rated as ‘medium’ for distilling.

Agronomy: This short-strawed variety has moderate resistance to lodging, which requires careful management. LG Motown has high resistance to yellow rust, mildew and brown rust, as well as resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. LG Motown is no longer under test in RL trials.

LG Skyscraper – distilling: medium

Quality: Recommended for the UK as a soft-milling, very high-yielding feed variety. It is rated as ‘medium’ for distilling.

Agronomy: LG Skyscraper has given very high treated yields across the UK, particularly in the East and West regions. It has performed well across a range of soil types and rotational positions. This medium-tall variety has high resistance to yellow rust and mildew, as well as resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. 

LG Spotlight – distilling: medium 

Quality: Recommended for the UK as a soft-milling, high-yielding feed variety. It has high Hagbergs and a high specific weight. It is rated as ‘medium’ for distilling.

Agronomy: LG Spotlight has given high UK yields in treated trials and has a very high yield potential in the West region. This medium-tall and relatively stiff-strawed variety has performed particularly well on heavier soils, a first cereal situation and early drilling situations. It has high resistance to yellow rust, brown rust and resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

LG Sundance – distilling: medium

Quality: Recommended as a UK soft-milling feed wheat. It has a low specific weight and is rated as ‘medium’ for distilling.

Agronomy: This relatively late-maturing variety has given its best relative performance in a second cereal situation. It has moderate resistance to lodging but responds well to plant growth regulators. It has given high untreated yields in UK trials and has very high resistance to septoria tritici. LG Sundance has high resistance to yellow rust and mildew, as well as resistance to orange wheat blossom midge, it is very susceptible to eyespot.

Revelation – uks, distilling: good

Quality: Recommended for the UK as a soft-milling feed wheat. It is classified as a uks wheat for export and rated as ‘good’ for distilling.

Agronomy: Revelation is a late-maturing variety with relatively stiff straw. It has a good overall disease package with high resistance to yellow rust, brown rust and eyespot (Pch1). Revelation has slow primordial development and a range of other characteristics that could make it a useful candidate for very early drilling. Revelation is no longer under test in RL trials.

NEW RGT Saki

Quality: This new addition is a soft-milling, very high-yielding feed variety recommended for the UK. It has a low specific weight and is rated as ‘poor’ for distilling due to low alcohol levels.

Agronomy: RGT Saki has produced very high treated yields in the East and West regions and has performed well across a range of rotational positions and soil types. It is a late-maturing variety with relatively stiff straw. It has given high untreated yields in UK trials and has high resistance to yellow rust, brown rust and septoria tritici, as well as resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

Viscount – uks, distilling: good

Quality: A soft-milling feed wheat recommended for the North region. It has a low specific weight. It is classified as a uks wheat for export and rated as ‘good’ for distilling.

Agronomy: This short and relatively stiff-strawed variety has high resistance to brown rust as well as resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. Viscount is no longer under test in RL trials.

Hard Group 4 varieties 

Costello

Quality: A hard-milling feed variety for the UK. It has high Hagbergs and a high specific weight.

Agronomy: This short and relatively stiff-strawed variety has high resistance to mildew and yellow rust. It is a relatively late-maturing variety.

Dunston

Quality: A hard-milling feed variety for the UK.

Agronomy: A medium-tall and relatively stiff-strawed variety. It has high resistance to yellow rust and septoria tritici. It also carries the Pch1 gene for eyespot resistance. Dunston is no longer under test in RL trials.

Gleam

Quality: A high-yielding, hard-milling feed variety for the UK.

Agronomy: This high-yielding variety has performed well throughout the UK, across a range of years, rotational positions and soil types. Gleam has good overall resistance to the main foliar diseases as well as resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

Graham

Quality: A high-yielding, hard-milling feed variety for the UK with high Hagbergs.

Agronomy: This relatively stiff-strawed variety has given very high treated yields in the West region. Graham has performed particularly well in trials on heavier soils and in a first cereal situation. It has given high untreated yields in UK trials and has high resistance to septoria tritici, mildew and yellow rust.

KWS Crispin

Quality: A hard-milling feed variety for the UK with high Hagbergs.

Agronomy: KWS Crispin performs best in a first cereal situation and is suited to later drilling. It has high resistance to yellow rust and resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. KWS Crispin is no longer under test in RL trials.

KWS Kerrin

Quality: A high-yielding, hard-milling feed variety recommended for the East and West regions.

Agronomy: This high-yielding variety performs well across a range of soil types, rotational positions and is very high-yielding in a late drilling situation. It has high resistance to mildew, yellow rust and brown rust, as well as resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

NEW KWS Kinetic

Quality: This new addition is a hard-milling, very high-yielding feed variety recommended for the UK. It has a high specific weight.

Agronomy: This very high-yielding variety has performed well throughout the UK, as well as across a range of rotational positions and soil types. This short and relatively stiff-strawed variety has resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

RGT Gravity

Quality: A high-yielding, hard-milling feed variety for the UK.

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields throughout the UK, as well as across a range of soil types and rotational positions. RGT Gravity has high resistance to yellow rust and resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It is susceptible to mildew.

Shabras

Quality: A high-yielding, hard-milling feed variety for the UK. It tends to give a low specific weight.

Agronomy: This high-yielding variety performs well throughout the UK and across a range of soil types and rotational positions. It has high resistance to yellow rust.

NEW SY Insitor

Quality: This new addition is a hard-milling, very high-yielding feed variety recommended for the UK. It has a high specific weight.

Agronomy: SY Insitor has given very high treated yields throughout the UK, as well as across a range of soil types and rotational positions. This medium-tall variety has moderate resistance to lodging but responds well to plant growth regulators. It has high resistance to yellow rust and septoria tritici and has resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It is susceptible to brown rust.

NEW Theodore

Quality: This new addition is a hard-milling feed variety recommended for the West region. It has high Hagbergs but has a low specific weight.

Agronomy: Theodore has given high treated yields in the West region. It is a short and relatively stiff-strawed variety. It has given high untreated yields in UK trials and has high resistance to mildew, yellow rust, brown rust and the highest rating for resistance to septoria tritici on the 2020/21 Recommended List.

Spring wheat 2020

nabim Group 1 varieties

Mulika

Quality: A nabim Group 1 variety for spring sowing. Mulika gives good Hagbergs and grain proteins. It remains a popular choice with growers.

Agronomy: This variety has given similar treated yields in both spring and late-autumn sowings. It has high resistance to yellow rust and is resistant to orange wheat blossom midge.

nabim comment: This variety has good rheological and baking qualities and is the spring variety of choice for most millers.

nabim Group 2 varieties

KWS Chilham

Quality: A nabim Group 2 variety for spring sowing. It gives good Hagbergs, grain proteins and specific weights.

Agronomy: This variety has given similar treated yields in both spring and late-autumn sowings. KWS Chilham has high resistance to yellow rust, mildew and septoria tritici and is resistant to orange wheat blossom midge. It is susceptible to brown rust.

nabim comment: This variety has shown lower protein levels than Mulika, but with a stronger gluten quality.  The baking quality would not necessarily suit all end users.

KWS Cochise

Quality: A nabim Group 2 variety for spring sowing. It gives good grain proteins and specific weights.

Agronomy: This variety has a high treated yield potential in both spring and late-autumn sowings. KWS Cochise has a good overall disease package, with high resistance to mildew and brown rust as well as resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

nabim comment: This variety has shown good protein levels and specific weights, although there was a degree of variability in its baking performance. 

NEW KWS Giraffe

Quality: This new addition is a nabim Group 2 variety for spring sowing. It gives good Hagbergs, grain proteins and specific weights.

Agronomy: KWS Giraffe has given high treated yields from spring sowing. Limited data suggest that it also has the potential to give high treated yields from late-autumn sowings. It has high resistance to mildew.

nabim comment: Over the three years of testing, this variety showed similar quality to Mulika. The gluten quality was good, although there was some variability in its baking performance.

Group 4 feed varieties

KWS Alderon

Quality: A hard feed variety for spring sowing. It gives good grain proteins.

Agronomy: This short-strawed variety has given similar treated yields from spring and late-autumn sowings. It is a later-maturing variety and has a good overall disease package, with high resistance to mildew and brown rust.

Hexham

Quality: A hard feed variety for spring sowing.

Agronomy: Hexham has given high treated yields from both spring and late-autumn sowings. This is a later-maturing variety and has a good overall disease package, with very high resistance to yellow rust as well as high resistance to mildew and septoria tritici.

KWS Kilburn

Quality: A hard feed variety for spring sowing. It gives good grain proteins.

Agronomy: Limited data suggest that it has the potential to give high treated yields from late-autumn sowings. This is a late maturing variety with high resistance to mildew. Limited data suggest it also has high resistance to brown rust.

KWS Talisker

Quality: A hard feed variety for spring sowing. It gives good specific weights.

Agronomy: KWS Talisker has given high treated yields from spring sowings. It has very high resistance to yellow rust and high resistance to mildew. It is very susceptible to brown rust.


Barley

Winter barley 2020/21

Winter barley two-row malting

Craft

Quality: Fully approved by Malting Barley Committee (MBC) for the production of malt for brewing, with a high specific weight.

Agronomy: Craft is a stiff-strawed variety with good overall disease resistance. It is also resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

MAGB comment: Fully approved by MBC for brewing in 2018, Craft secured over 40 per cent of the total winter malting barley purchased in 2019.

Electrum

Quality: A potential malting variety with a high specific weight, provisionally approved by MBC for brewing use.

Agronomy: This two-row variety has given its best relative performance in the East and West regions and on heavier soils. It is an early-maturing variety. Electrum has good overall disease resistance, including high resistance to rhynchosporium. It is also resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

MAGB comment: Currently under test by MBC for brewing. Growers are advised to speak to merchants before committing to this or other varieties in this position.

SY Venture

Quality: Fully approved by MBC for the production of malt for brewing, with a high specific weight.

Agronomy: SY Venture has relatively short straw for a malting variety and is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV). It is susceptible to net blotch. SY Venture is no longer under test in RL trials.

MAGB comment: Venture has shown a reduction in market share due to the rise of Craft.

MBC Approved List
Brewing use
Full Approval: Craft, SY Venture
Provisional Approval: Electrum
Malt distilling use
None approved
Grain distilling use
None approved

Winter barley two-row feed

California

A two-row feed variety recommended for the West region. It has high resistance to lodging and is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

NEW Jordan

This new addition is a high-yielding two-row feed variety for the UK. It has performed particularly well in the East and West regions as well as on heavier soils. Jordan has given the highest yields in untreated UK trials for a two-row feed variety on the 2020/21 Recommended List. It has high resistance to brown rust and rhynchosporium. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

KWS Cassia

A two-row feed variety with a very high specific weight, recommended since 2010. Despite now yielding 7% lower than the top yielding two-row feed varieties on the 2020/21 Recommended List, this variety is still valued for producing consistently good grain quality. KWS Cassia has high resistance to brown rust but it is susceptible to mildew. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

KWS Creswell

A two-row feed variety recommended for the North region. This relatively short straw variety is susceptible to net blotch. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

KWS Gimlet

A high-yielding two-row feed variety. This relatively tall variety has performed particularly well in the East region and on heavier soils. KWS Gimlet has shown no major weaknesses in disease resistance. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

KWS Glacier

A two-row feed variety with a high specific weight. It has very short straw. KWS Glacier has high resistance to brown rust, but it is susceptible to rhynchosporium and mildew. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV). KWS Glacier is no longer under test in RL trials.

NEW KWS Hawking

This new addition is a high-yielding two-row feed variety for the UK. It has performed particularly well in the East region and on heavier soils. Over three years of testing, KWS Hawking has shown no major weaknesses in disease resistance. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

KWS Orwell

A two-row feed variety, combining short straw with high resistance to lodging. KWS Orwell has high resistance to brown rust but, it is very susceptible to mildew. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

KWS Tower

A two-row feed variety with good lodging resistance. It is susceptible to net blotch, but it is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

LG Flynn

A two-row feed variety with a high specific weight. LG Flynn has given its best relative performance in the East region and on heavier soils, where it is high yielding. It has high resistance to brown rust, but it is susceptible to mildew. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

LG Mountain

A high-yielding two-row feed variety. This short-strawed variety has performed particularly well in the East and North regions. It has given the highest yields of all two-row feed varieties on both light and heavy soils. LG Mountain has high resistance to brown rust. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

Surge

A two-row feed variety with short straw and a high specific weight. This variety has given its best relative performance in the East and West regions. Surge has given good yields in untreated UK trials. It has good overall disease resistance, including high resistance to brown rust and rhynchosporium. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

Valerie

A two-row feed variety with a high specific weight. This variety has given its best relative performance in the East region. Valerie combines good grain quality characteristics with high resistance to lodging. It has given good yields in untreated UK trials and has good overall disease resistance, including the highest rating for resistance to brown rust on the 2020/21 Recommended List. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

Winter barley six-row feed

Bazooka

A high-yielding six-row hybrid feed variety. This variety has given high yields in the East and West regions and has performed particularly well on heavier soils. Bazooka has also given good yields in untreated UK trials. It has resistance to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

Belfry

A high-yielding six-row hybrid feed variety. This variety has performed particularly well in the West region. It has good resistance to lodging and is very high yielding on heavier soils. Belfry has given good yields in untreated UK trials and has high resistance to brown rust. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

Belmont

A very high-yielding six-row hybrid feed variety. Belmont has given high yields across a range of soil types and across all regions with a very high yield potential in the East region. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV). Belmont is susceptible to brown rust.

Funky

A six-row (non-hybrid) feed variety with relatively short, stiff straw. This variety tends to give a good specific weight but gives higher screening levels. It has given high yields in the West region. Funky has given good yields in untreated UK trials. It has high resistance to rhynchosporium and the highest rating for resistance to brown rust of all six-row varieties. It is an early-maturing variety, resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

KWS Astaire

A six-row (non-hybrid) feed variety with a low specific weight. This stiff-strawed variety has performed particularly well in the West region, where it has given very high yields, and performs well on heavier soils. KWS Astaire has good overall disease resistance, including high resistance to rhynchosporium. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV). KWS Astaire is no longer under test in RL trials.

Libra

A six-row hybrid feed variety with a very high specific weight. Libra has given specific weights that are comparable to KWS Cassia. This variety has high resistance to rhynchosporium. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

SY Baracooda

A very high-yielding six-row hybrid feed variety. This variety has performed well across all regions, particularly in the West region, where it has given very high yields. It is a relatively tall variety, but responds well to plant growth regulators. SY Baracooda has given good yields in untreated UK trials. It has high resistance to rhynchosporium and the highest rating for resistance to mildew on the 2020/21 Recommended List. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

SY Kingsbarn

A very high-yielding six-row hybrid feed variety with a high specific weight. This variety has performed well across all regions as well as across a range of soil types. SY Kingsbarn responds well to plant growth regulators. It has given good yields in untreated UK trials and has no major weaknesses in disease resistance. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

Spring barley 2020

Malting varieties

Concerto

Quality: Fully approved by MBC for brewing and malt distilling use. May be suited to European markets.

Agronomy: Concerto is a well-established variety. It has moderate lodging resistance but high resistance to brackling. It has high resistance to mildew but it is susceptible to rhynchosporium.

MAGB comment: Fully Approved for both brewing and malt distilling, Concerto has seen a reduction in its share of the total spring barley market, as Laureate has risen.

Cosmopolitan

Quality: A high-yielding variety with potential for brewing. It has a low specific weight.

Agronomy: Cosmopolitan has given high treated yields across the UK and has a very high yield potential in the North. This relatively stiff, short-strawed variety has given good untreated yields in UK trials and has high resistance to mildew. It is susceptible to brown rust.

MAGB comment: Under test by MBC for brewing, with completion expected Spring 2020. Growers are advised to speak to merchants before committing to this or other varieties in this position.

Fairing

Quality: Fully approved by MBC for grain distilling use.

Agronomy: This variety is early maturing, with relatively stiff straw and high resistance to brackling. It has high resistance to mildew but it is susceptible to brown rust.

MAGB comment: Fully Approved by MBC for grain distilling use in 2018. Growers are advised to speak to their merchants about end markets.

NEW Firefoxx

Quality: This new addition is a very high-yielding variety with potential for malt distilling. It has a similar specific weight to Laureate.

Agronomy: This variety has given very high treated yields, particularly in the West (based on limited data) and North regions. Limited data suggest that this variety has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. It has high resistance to mildew but it is susceptible to brown rust.

MAGB comment: Under test by MBC for malt distilling, with completion expected spring 2021.  Growers are advised to speak to merchants before committing to this or other varieties in this position.

NEW Iconic

Quality: This is a new addition for the West region with potential for brewing.

Agronomy: Limited data suggest that it has a high yield potential in the West region. It has relatively stiff straw (based on limited data) with high resistance to brackling. Iconic has given good yields in untreated UK trials and has high resistance to mildew.

MAGB comment: Under test by MBC for brewing, with completion expected spring 2021. Growers are advised to speak to merchants before committing to this or other varieties in this position.

KWS Sassy

Quality: Fully approved by MBC for malt distilling use.

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields in the North region. It has moderate resistance to both lodging and brackling. KWS Sassy has high resistance to mildew.

MAGB comment: Fully Approved for malt distilling use since 2017. Growers are advised to speak to their merchants about end markets.

Laureate

Quality: A high-yielding variety with full MBC approval for brewing and malt distilling use.

Agronomy: This variety has given high yields in both fungicide-treated and untreated UK trials. Laureate has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. It has high resistance to mildew.

MAGB comment: Fully approved by MBC for brewing and malt distilling. Laureate holds over 50% of the UK spring barley market.

LG Diablo

Quality: A high-yielding variety with malting potential, provisionally approved by MBC for brewing (Provisional Approval 1) and fully approved by MBC for malt distilling use.

Agronomy: This variety has given very high yields in the North and East regions. It is a later-maturing variety, with relatively stiff straw and high resistance to brackling. LG Diablo has given good yields in untreated UK trials and has high resistance to mildew.

MAGB comment: Fully approved by MBC for malt distilling use. Under test by MBC for brewing use, with completion expected spring 2020. Growers are advised to speak to merchants before committing to this or other varieties in this position.

Propino

Quality: Fully approved by MBC for brewing use and suited to European markets.

Agronomy: This variety has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. Propino does not carry the mlo mildew resistance gene.

MAGB comment: Fully approved by MBC for brewing, Propino has seen a reduced share of the spring barley market, with the rise of Laureate.

RGT Asteroid

Quality: A high-yielding variety with malting potential, provisionally approved by MBC for brewing, malt distilling and grain distilling.

Agronomy: This variety has given consistent yields across regions and years and is high yielding in the East region. It has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. RGT Asteroid has given good yields in untreated UK trials and has high resistance to mildew. It is susceptible to rhynchosporium.

MAGB comment: Under test by MBC for brewing, malt and grain distilling, with completion expected spring 2020. Growers are advised to speak to merchants before committing to this or other varieties in this position.

RGT Planet

Quality: A high-yielding variety with full MBC approval for brewing.

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields across the UK. It has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. RGT Planet has high resistance to mildew.

MAGB comment: Fully approved by MBC for brewing since 2016, Planet continues to hold its share of the spring barley market.

Sienna

Quality: Fully approved by MBC for malt distilling use. It tends to give a high specific weight.

Agronomy: This variety has given its best relative performance in the North region. It has good overall disease resistance, with high resistance to mildew.

MAGB comment: Fully approved for malt distilling use since 2017. Growers are advised to speak to their merchants about end markets.

NEW SY Splendor

Quality: This new addition is a very high-yielding variety with potential for brewing.

Agronomy: This variety has given very high treated yields, particularly in the West (based on limited data) and North regions. Limited data suggest that this variety has relatively stiff straw with very high resistance to brackling. It has high resistance to mildew but it is susceptible to brown rust.

MAGB comment: Under test by MBC for brewing, with completion expected spring 2021. Growers are advised to speak to merchants before committing to this or other varieties in this position.

NEW SY Tungsten

Quality: This new addition is a high-yielding variety with potential for brewing and malt distilling.

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields throughout the UK and is very high yielding in the North region. Limited data suggest that this variety has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. It has high resistance to mildew but it is susceptible to brown rust.

MAGB comment: Under test by MBC for brewing and malt distilling, with completion expected spring 2021. Growers are advised to speak to merchants before committing to this or other varieties in this position.

MBC Approved List
Brewing use
Full Approval: Concerto, Laureate, RGT Planet, Propino
Provisional Approval: LG Diablo, RGT Asteroid, Cosmopolitan
Malt distilling use
Full Approval: Concerto, Laureate, KWS Sassy, Sienna, LG Diablo
Provisional Approval: RGT Asteroid
Grain distilling use
Full Approval: Fairing
Provisional Approval: RGT Asteroid


Feed varieties

NEW Fairway

This new addition is a very high-yielding feed variety for the UK with a low specific weight. This variety has given very high yields in both the East and North regions. Limited data suggest that this variety has stiff straw with very high resistance to brackling. Fairway has high resistance to mildew. It is susceptible to brown rust.

NEW Prospect

This new addition has given high treated yields across the UK and is the highest yielding variety in the East region on the 2020 Recommended List. Limited data suggest that this variety has relatively stiff straw with very high resistance to brackling. Prospect has given good yields in untreated UK trials and has high resistance to mildew. It is susceptible to brown rust.


Oats

Winter oats 2020/21

Husked varieties

Dalguise

A husked variety with a high specific weight, Dalguise has relatively long straw with low lodging resistance. It is relatively early maturing and is susceptible to both mildew and crown rust.

Gerald

A late-maturing husked variety with a low kernel content and moderate straw strength. It is susceptible to mildew.

Mascani

A husked variety with moderate straw strength. Mascani remains by far the most popular variety with oat millers and growers, valued for its grain quality characteristics. It is less susceptible to mildew than most varieties and has moderate resistance to crown rust.

RGT Lineout

An early-maturing husked variety with moderate straw strength. It is very susceptible to mildew.

RGT Southwark

A very high-yielding husked variety with a good specific weight and relatively long straw. RGT Southwark has high resistance to the common strains of crown rust, but it is very susceptible to mildew. It is relatively early maturing.

Naked varieties

Fusion

A huskless (naked), late-maturing oat variety with short, stiff straw. Fusion is susceptible to mildew and very susceptible to crown rust.

Grafton

A huskless (naked) variety with relatively long straw and moderate resistance to lodging. Grafton is a relatively early-maturing variety. It is susceptible to both mildew and crown rust.

Peloton

A huskless (naked) oat variety with a higher yield potential than older varieties. It has moderate resistance to lodging. Peloton has high resistance to mildew and moderate resistance to crown rust.

Spring oats 2020

Husked varieties

Aspen

A relatively short husked variety that has given high yields in treated UK trials.

Canyon

A husked variety. Canyon has high resistance to mildew and has given high yields in untreated UK trials. It is susceptible to crown rust.

Conway

A husked variety with high resistance to lodging. Conway has good resistance to mildew, but it is susceptible to crown rust.

Delfin

A very high-yielding husked variety with high resistance to lodging. Delfin has excellent resistance to mildew and has given high yields in untreated UK trials. It is susceptible to crown rust.

Elison

A high-yielding husked variety. Limited data suggest that this variety has high resistance to lodging. It has high resistance to mildew and has given high yields in untreated UK trials. It is very susceptible to crown rust.

Firth

A husked variety. It is susceptible to crown rust.

WPB Elyann

WPB Elyann has replaced Canyon as the most popular husked spring oat variety. It is early maturing, with a high kernel content.

NEW WPB Isabel

This new addition is a high-yielding husked variety with a high kernel content and specific weight. Limited data suggest that this variety has very high resistance to lodging.

Yukon

A high-yielding husked variety with high resistance to lodging. Yukon has high resistance to mildew and has given high yields in untreated UK trials.

Described naked varieties

Kamil

A huskless (naked) oat variety with a good specific weight and high resistance to lodging. It is susceptible to crown rust.

NEW Madison

This new addition is a huskless (naked) oat variety with a good specific weight. It is susceptible to crown rust.

Oliver

A huskless (naked) oat variety with a good specific weight and high resistance to lodging. It is very susceptible to crown rust.


Oilseed rape

Winter oilseed rape 2020/21

NEW Aardvark

This new addition is a conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the UK. Aardvark has given a high treated gross output in both the East/West and North regions. This variety has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) with good stem stiffness at maturity. Aardvark has high resistance to light leaf spot. It is a relatively early-flowering variety.

NEW Acacia

This new addition is a conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the UK. Acacia has given a very high treated gross output in both the East/West and North regions. It has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) and is very stiff-stemmed at maturity.

NEW Ambassador

This new addition is a restored hybrid variety recommended for the UK. This variety has given a very high treated gross output in the East/West. It has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) with good stem stiffness at maturity. Ambassador has high resistance to both light leaf spot and stem canker and is resistant to Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV). It is a relatively early-maturing variety.

Anastasia

A conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the North region. Anastasia has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. It has high resistance to light leaf spot. Anastasia is no longer under test in RL trials.

Architect

A restored hybrid variety with a specific recommendation for resistance to Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV) for the UK. Architect has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. It is a relatively early-maturing variety. Architect is no longer in RL trials.

NEW Artemis

This new addition is a restored hybrid variety recommended for the UK. This variety has given a very high treated gross output in both the East/West and North (based on limited data) regions. It is a relatively tall variety but has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) with good stem stiffness at maturity. Artemis has high resistance to stem canker and is resistant to Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV). It is a relatively early-maturing variety.

Aspire

A conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the UK. Aspire has given a high treated gross output in both the East/West and North regions. It has high resistance to lodging and is very stiff-stemmed at maturity. Aspire has high resistance to light leaf spot and is resistant to Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV).

NEW Aurelia

This new addition is a restored hybrid variety recommended for the UK. This variety has given a very high treated gross output in both the East/West and North regions. It has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) with good stem stiffness at maturity. Aurelia has high resistance to light leaf spot and stem canker and is resistant to Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV).

Ballad

A conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the UK. Ballad has given a high treated gross output in the East/West region. This variety has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. It is a relatively late-maturing variety.

Barbados

A conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the North region. This variety has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. Barbados has high resistance to both light leaf spot and stem canker. It is a relatively late-maturing variety.

NEW Blazen

This new addition is a conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the North region. Limited data suggest that this variety has given a high treated gross output in the North. It has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) and is very stiff-stemmed at maturity. Blazen has high resistance to stem canker.

Broadway

A conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the North region. This variety has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. Broadway has high resistance to light leaf spot but is susceptible to stem canker. Broadway is no longer under test in RL trials.

Butterfly

A conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the North region. It has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. Butterfly has high resistance to light leaf spot. It is a relatively late-maturing variety. Butterfly is no longer under test in RL trials.

NEW Crocodile

This new addition is a restored hybrid variety with a specific recommendation for the East/West region for its resistance to the common strains of clubroot, though it may be susceptible to strains found in some fields. Crocodile has given a high treated gross output in the East/West. It has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) with good stem stiffness at maturity. It is susceptible to stem canker.

Crome

A restored hybrid variety with a specific recommendation for the UK for its resistance to the common strains of clubroot, though it may be susceptible to strains found in some fields. Crome has given a high treated gross output in the North region. This variety has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. It is susceptible to stem canker.

NEW Croozer

This new addition is a restored hybrid variety with a specific recommendation for the East/West region for its resistance to the common strains of clubroot, though it may be susceptible to strains found in some fields. This relatively early-flowering variety has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) with good stem stiffness at maturity. Croozer has very high resistance to stem canker. It is a relatively early-maturing variety.

NEW Darling

This new addition is a restored hybrid variety recommended for the East/West region. This variety has given a high treated gross output for the East/West. It has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) with good stem stiffness at maturity. Darling has high resistance to stem canker and is resistant to Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV).

NEW Dazzler

This new addition is a restored hybrid variety recommended for the East/West region. This variety has given a high treated gross output for the East/West. This relatively early-flowering variety has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) and is very stiff-stemmed at maturity. Dazzler has high resistance to stem canker and is resistant to Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV). It is a relatively early-maturing variety.

DK Expansion

A restored hybrid variety recommended for the UK. This variety has given a high treated gross output in both the East/West and North regions. DK Expansion is a relatively tall variety but has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. It has high resistance to stem canker.

DK Exsteel

A restored hybrid variety for the North region. This variety has given a high treated gross output in the North. It is a relatively tall variety but has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. DK Exsteel has high resistance to both light leaf spot and stem canker.

Elevation

A conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the North region. Elevation has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. Elevation is no longer under test in RL trials.

Elgar

A conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the East/West region. Elgar has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. This variety has high resistance to light leaf spot and is a relatively early-maturing variety. Elgar is no longer under test in RL trials.

George

A restored hybrid variety for the East/West region. It has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. George has very high resistance to stem canker.

Kielder

A conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the North region. This variety has high resistance to lodging and is very stiff-stemmed at maturity. It has high resistance to light leaf spot but is very susceptible to stem canker. Kielder is no longer under test in RL trials.

Nikita

A conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the UK. This variety has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. It has high resistance to light leaf spot but is susceptible to stem canker. Nikita is no longer under test in RL trials.

NEW Nizza CL

This new addition is a restored hybrid variety with a specific recommendation for the East/West region for its tolerance to specific herbicides. It has tolerance to specific Clearfield herbicides containing imidazilinone. Growers are advised to see the BASF website for more information on the management and husbandry of these types of varieties. Nizza CL has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) with good stem stiffness at maturity. It is susceptible to light leaf spot.

PT275

A restored hybrid variety recommended for the East/West region. PT275 has given a high treated gross output in the East/West. It has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity.

PT279CL

A Clearfield hybrid with a specific recommendation for the UK. Clearfield hybrids are tolerant to specific Clearfield herbicides that contain imidazilinone. PT279CL has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity and is relatively early maturing. Growers are advised to see the BASF website (www.agricentre.basf.co.uk) for more information about Clearfield management and husbandry.

Temptation

A restored hybrid variety with a specific recommendation for the UK for its resistance to Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV). Temptation has given a high treated gross output in the East/West region. It has high resistance to lodging.

V 316 OL

A restored hybrid variety with a specific recommendation for the UK for its high oleic, low linolenic (HOLL) oil type. It has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity.

Windozz

A restored hybrid variety recommended for the East/West region. It has given a high treated gross output in the East/West. Windozz has high resistance to lodging with good stem stiffness at maturity. It is a relatively early-flowering variety. Windozz is no longer under test in RL trials.

Described varieties

NEW PX131

Described for the UK. PX131 is a semi-dwarf hybrid (it is believed to carry the OGU/INRA dwarfing gene in the heterozygous state). It is short, has high resistance to lodging and is very stiff stemmed at maturity. PX131 has high resistance to light leaf spot but is a relatively late-maturing variety. PX131 has a high oil content.

NEW Resort

Described for the UK. A high erucic acid (HEAR) variety. HEAR varieties have a different oil profile (having around 50% erucic acid, compared to less than 2% for “00” varieties) and are used for a variety of industrial uses, such as specialist lubricants, inks, cosmetics and slip agents. Growers should take action to prevent high erucic volunteers (which can lead to deductions or rejections) from appearing in subsequent ‘00’ oilseed rape crops


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