Recommended Lists variety comments for cereals and oilseed rape

The AHDB Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds (RL) publications provide variety-performance data. These comments deliver variety-specific highlights. With information on yield and quality, agronomic features and market options, use them alongside the main RL to help identify the right varieties for your farm.
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Wheat

Winter wheat 2021/22


UKFM Group 1 varieties


Crusoe – ukp

Quality: A UKFM 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.

UKFM comment: This variety has consistently demonstrated good protein content and quality. The breadcrumb structure is notably white and of good quality. The baking performance is good and remains popular with millers.

KWS Zyatt – ukp

Quality: A UKFM Group 1 variety, classified as a ukp bread wheat for export. KWS Zyatt has given high yields, combined with high specific weights. 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 first- and second-cereal situations and in trials on heavier soil. Limited data suggests it also has a high yield potential in early sowing situations. KWS Zyatt has high resistance for eyespot (Pch1 resistance gene) and mildew. It has a tendency to sprout, so should be given priority at harvest.

UKFM comment: This variety is popular with millers. 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 UKFM Group 1 bread wheat with high Hagbergs. It has given good proteins under a regime to achieve milling specification.

Agronomy: This medium-tall and relatively stiff-strawed variety has given UK treated yields comparable to Crusoe. It has a high treated yield potential in early sowing situations. RGT Illustrious has good overall disease resistance, with high resistance to yellow rust and mildew. It carries the Pch1 eyespot resistance gene.

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

Skyfall

Quality: A UKFM Group 1 bread wheat with high Hagbergs and specific weights that has given good proteins.

Agronomy: It is an awned wheat with short, stiff straw and is the only Group 1 variety with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It has high resistance to brown rust and fusarium ear blight and carries the Pch1 eyespot resistance gene. It is highly susceptible to yellow rust. 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 has a tendency to sprout, so should be given priority at harvest.

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


UKFM Group 2 varieties


KWS Extase – ukp

Quality: A UKFM Group 2 variety, 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 relatively early-maturing variety has given high treated yields in both the East and West regions and has performed well across a range of soil types, rotational positions and in a late sowing situation. 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, brown rust and mildew. It also has the highest rating for resistance to septoria tritici for a bread-making variety.

UKFM 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 Siskin – ukp

Quality: A UKFM Group 2 variety, 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 given high treated yields in the West region and has performed well in early sowing situations, a first-cereal situation and on heavier soils. 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.

UKFM comment: This variety has protein levels that are typical of a Group 2. However, 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 UKFM Group 2 variety, 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 on heavier soils, where it has produced high treated yields. LG Detroit has high resistance to yellow rust and fusarium ear blight. It is the only Group 2 variety with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. LG Detroit is no longer under test in RL trials.

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


UKFM Group 3 varieties


Elicit – uks, distilling: good

Quality: A UKFM Group 3 variety. 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, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. Limited data suggests that this variety may have a tendency to sprout, so it should be given priority at harvest.

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

KWS Barrel – uks

Quality: A UKFM Group 3 variety. 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 given high treated yields in the North region. KWS Barrel has high resistance to yellow rust, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It is susceptible to septoria tritici.

UKFM comment: This variety fully meets the Group 3 criteria.

KWS Firefly – uks

Quality: A UKFM 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.

Agronomy: This short, stiff-strawed variety has produced high treated yields in the East region. It has a high yield potential on heavier soils and in early sowing situations. KWS Firefly has high resistance to yellow rust and septoria tritici, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

UKFM comment: This variety fully meets the Group 3 criteria.

LG Astronomer – distilling: medium (NEW)

Quality: This new addition is a UKFM Group 3 wheat recommended for the UK. It has a high specific weight and is rated as ‘medium’ for distilling.

Agronomy: This relatively stiff-strawed variety has given high treated yields in the East region and on heavier soils. Limited data suggests that it has a very high yield potential in an early sowing situation. LG Astronomer has given high yields in untreated UK trials and has the highest rating for resistance to septoria tritici for a Group 3 variety. It has high resistance to yellow rust and brown rust, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It is susceptible to mildew.

UKFM comment: Over the three years of testing, this variety met the Group 3 criteria, although it showed slight variability in gluten quality.

LG Illuminate – uks, distilling: medium (NEW)

Quality: This new addition is a high-yielding UKFM Group 3 wheat recommended for the UK. It is classified as a uks soft wheat for export and is rated ‘medium’ for distilling.

Agronomy: This short and relatively stiff-strawed variety has given high treated yields in both the East and North region (based on limited data). It has performed well across a range of soil types and rotational positions. Limited data suggests that it is has a very high yield potential in an early sowing situation. LG Illuminate has given high untreated yields in UK trials and has high resistance to yellow rust, brown rust and septoria tritici, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

UKFM comment: Over the three years of testing, this variety met the Group 3 criteria.

LG Prince – distilling: medium (NEW)

Quality: This new addition is a high-yielding UKFM Group 3 wheat recommended for the UK. It is rated ‘medium’ for distilling. It tends to give a low specific weight.

Agronomy: This short and relatively stiff-strawed variety has given high treated yields in the West region and has a very high treated yield potential in the East. It has performed well across a range of soil types and rotational positions, where it is very high yielding in a second-cereal situation and both early and late sowing situations (based on limited data). It is a relatively late-maturing variety. LG Prince has high resistance to yellow rust, brown rust and septoria tritici, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It is susceptible to mildew.

UKFM comment: Over the three years of testing, this variety met the Group 3 criteria, although its protein level was slightly lower than other Group 3 varieties.

LG Quasar – uks, distilling: medium (NEW)

Quality: This new addition is a high-yielding UKFM Group 3 wheat recommended for the UK. It is classified as a uks soft wheat for export and is rated ‘medium’ for distilling. It tends to give a low specific weight.

Agronomy: This relatively late-maturing variety has given high treated yields in the East region. It is a medium-tall and relatively stiff-strawed variety and has performed well on heavier soils, a first-cereal position and in a late sowing situation (based on limited data). LG Quasar has high resistance to brown rust and septoria tritici, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

UKFM comment: Over the three years of testing, this variety met the Group 3 criteria, although it showed slightly lower Hagberg Falling Numbers than other Group 3 varieties.

Merit – uks, distilling: medium (NEW)

Quality: This new addition is a UKFM Group 3 wheat recommended for the East region. It is classified as a uks soft wheat for export and is rated ‘medium’ for distilling.

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields in the East region. It has performed well on heavier soils, in a second-cereal situation and limited data suggests it has a high yield potential in a late sowing situation. It has high resistance to yellow rust, brown rust and septoria tritici, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It is very susceptible to mildew.

UKFM comment: Over the three years of testing, this variety met the Group 3 criteria.


Soft Group 4 varieties


Elation – uks, distilling: good

Quality: Recommended for the North region 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 situation and on lighter soils, where it has given high yields. Elation has high resistance to yellow rust and mildew, combined with resistance 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 an early sowing situation. KWS Jackal has high resistance to yellow rust and mildew, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

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 and across a range of soil types and rotational positions. It also has a high yield potential in a late sowing situation. This medium-tall variety has high resistance to yellow rust, mildew and fusarium ear blight, combined with 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 treated yields in the East region and a very high yield potential in the West region. This medium-tall and relatively stiff-strawed variety has performed particularly well in a first-cereal position and on both light and heavy soils. LG Spotlight has no major weaknesses in disease resistance and has resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

LG Sundance – distilling: medium

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

Agronomy: This relatively late-maturing variety has moderate resistance to lodging but responds well to plant growth regulators. LG Sundance has very high resistance to septoria tritici and high resistance to yellow rust and mildew, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It is very susceptible to eyespot. It tends to sprout. LG Sundance is no longer under test in RL trials.

RGT Saki

Quality: A very high-yielding, soft-milling feed wheat 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 given very high treated yields in both the East and West regions and across a range of rotational positions and sowing dates (based on limited data). This late-maturing variety also has a high yield potential on both light and heavy soils. It has given high untreated yields in UK trials and has high resistance to yellow rust, brown rust and septoria tritici, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

Swallow – distilling: good (NEW)

Quality: This new addition is a soft-milling feed variety recommended for the North region. It is rated as ‘good’ for distilling.

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields in the North region (based on limited data) and has a very high treated yield potential in an early sowing situation (based on limited data). Swallow is stiff-strawed and is the shortest variety on the 2021/22 Recommended List. It has resistance to orange wheat blossom midge, but limited data suggests it is very susceptible to eyespot.


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, relatively stiff-strawed variety gives its best relative performance in the West region. It is a relatively late-maturing variety. Costello has high resistance to mildew, yellow rust and fusarium ear blight.

Gleam

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

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields throughout the UK and across a range of rotational positions, soil types and sowing dates. Gleam has resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

Graham

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

Agronomy: This relatively stiff-strawed variety has given very high treated yields in the West region. Graham has performed well in a first-cereal situation and across both light and heavier soils, where it is high yielding. It is relatively early maturing. It has given high untreated yields in UK trials and has high resistance to septoria tritici, mildew, yellow rust and fusarium ear blight. It is very susceptible to eyespot.

KWS Cranium (NEW)

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

Agronomy: This stiff-strawed and relatively late-maturing variety has given very high treated yields across the East and West regions. Limited data suggests it also has a high yield potential in the North. KWS Cranium has performed well across a range of soil types and rotational positions, where it is very high yielding in a first-cereal position, on lighter soils (based on limited data) and in a late sowing situation (based on limited data). It has high resistance to yellow rust, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

KWS Kerrin

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

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields throughout the UK and across rotational positions, in a late sowing situation and on lighter soils. It has high resistance to mildew and brown rust, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It is susceptible to yellow rust.

KWS Kinetic

Quality: A high-yielding, hard-milling feed variety recommended for the UK. It has a high specific weight.

Agronomy: This variety has given very high yields in the West region and across all soil types. It also has a high yield potential in the East region, across rotational positions and in a late sowing situation (based on limited data). It is a short, relatively stiff-strawed variety with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It is susceptible to yellow rust.

RGT Gravity

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

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields in both the East and West regions, as well as across a range of soil types and in a first-cereal position. It has a very high yield potential in both a second-cereal position and in a late sowing situation. RGT Gravity has high resistance to yellow rust, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It is susceptible to mildew.

RGT Wolverine (NEW)

Quality: This new addition is a high-yielding, hard-milling feed variety with a specific recommendation for resistance to Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV). It has high Hagbergs but tends to give a low specific weight.

Agronomy: This relatively late-maturing variety has given high treated yields in the both the West and North regions (based on limited data). RGT Wolverine is a relatively stiff-strawed variety and has performed well in a first-cereal position and on heavier soils, where it is high yielding. It has high resistance to brown rust.

Shabras

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

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields in the West region and in a second-cereal position. Limited data suggests it has a very high yield potential in an early sowing situation. It tends to sprout. Shabras is no longer under test in RL trials.

SY Insitor

Quality: A very high-yielding, hard-milling feed variety recommended for the UK. It has high Hagbergs and specific weight.

Agronomy: SY Insitor has given very high treated yields throughout the UK, as well as across a range of soil types, rotational positions and in a late sowing situation (based on limited data). This medium-tall variety has moderate resistance to lodging but responds well to plant growth regulators. It has high resistance to septoria tritici and fusarium ear blight, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

Theodore

Quality: A hard-milling feed variety recommended for the West region. It has high Hagbergs but 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 (based on limited data), yellow rust, brown rust and the highest rating for resistance to septoria tritici on the 2021/22 Recommended List.


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Spring wheat 2021


UKFM Group 1 varieties


Mulika

Quality: A UKFM 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 mildew, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

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


UKFM Group 2 varieties


KWS Chilham

Quality: A UKFM 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 (based on limited data) and septoria tritici, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

UKFM 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 UKFM Group 2 variety for spring sowing. It gives good grain proteins and specific weights.

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields from spring sowings. KWS Cochise has high resistance to mildew, combined with resistance to orange wheat blossom midge. It is susceptible to yellow rust.

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

KWS Giraffe

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

Agronomy: KWS Giraffe has given high treated yields from late-autumn sowings (based on limited data). It has high resistance to mildew (based on limited data).

UKFM comment: This variety has shown similar quality to Mulika. The gluten quality is good, although there is some variability in its baking performance.


Group 4 feed varieties


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 with high resistance to yellow rust and septoria tritici.

KWS Kilburn

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

Agronomy: This is a late-maturing variety with high resistance to mildew (based on limited data).

KWS Talisker

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

Agronomy: KWS Talisker has given high treated yields from spring sowings. It has high resistance to yellow rust and mildew (based on limited data).

WPB Escape (NEW)

Quality: This new addition is a hard feed variety recommended for the UK for spring sowing.

Agronomy: WPB Escape has given high treated yields from both spring and late-autumn sowings (based on limited data). This is a later-maturing variety with high resistance to yellow rust and mildew (based on limited data).


Barley

Winter barley 2021/22


Winter barley two-row malting


Craft

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

Agronomy: Craft is a stiff-strawed, two-row variety with no major weaknesses in 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 41% of the total winter malting barley purchased in 2019 and commenced 2020 with close to 50% market share.

Electrum

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

Agronomy: This two-row variety has given its best relative performance in the East region and on heavier soils. It is a relatively early-maturing variety. Electrum has good overall disease resistance, including high resistance to brown rust. 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 spring 2020, for the 2021 crop.

MBC Approved List

Brewing use

Full Approval: Craft, Electrum

Malt distilling use

None approved

Grain distilling use

None approved


Winter barley two-row feed


Bolton (NEW)

This new addition is a very high-yielding two-row feed variety recommended for the UK. It has performed well across all regions and soil types. It is very high yielding in the East region and on heavier soils (based on limited data). Bolton is a short-strawed variety with good lodging resistance. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

Bordeaux (NEW)

This new addition is a very high-yielding two-row feed variety recommended for the UK. This short variety has performed well across all regions and soil types. It is very high yielding in the East region and on heavier soils (based on limited data). It is susceptible to rhynchosporium and limited data suggests it is susceptible to net blotch. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

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).

Jordan

A high-yielding two-row feed variety. It has performed well in both the East and West regions and on heavier soils, where it is high yielding. Jordan has given high yields in untreated UK trials and 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 8% lower than the top-yielding two-row feed varieties on the 2021/22 Recommended List, this variety is still valued for producing consistently good grain quality. KWS Cassia has high resistance to brown rust. 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. KWS Creswell is susceptible to mildew but 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 and late-maturing variety has performed particularly well in the East region and on heavier soils, where it is high yielding. 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 Hawking

A high-yielding two-row feed variety. This variety has given high treated yields in both the East and West regions and is very high yielding on heavier soils. KWS Hawking has good resistance to lodging. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

KWS Orwell

A two-row feed variety. This variety has high resistance to lodging and has given high treated yields on heavier soils. 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 Tardis (NEW)

This new addition is a very high-yielding two-row feed variety recommended for the UK. It has performed well across all regions and soil types. It has a very high yield potential in the East region and on heavier soils (based on limited data). It has a high specific weight and good resistance to lodging. It has high resistance to rhynchosporium and is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

KWS Tower

A two-row feed variety with high resistance to lodging. It has high resistance to brown rust, but it is susceptible to net blotch. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV). KWS Tower is no longer under test in RL trials.

LG Flynn

A two-row feed variety with a very 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 given high treated yields in both the East and North regions, as well as on lighter soils. It has a very high yield potential on heavier soils. LG Mountain has high resistance to brown rust, and it is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

Surge

A two-row feed variety with a high specific weight. This variety has given its best relative performance in the East region and on heavier soils, where it is high yielding. Surge has given high yields in untreated UK trials and has 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 very 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 no major weaknesses in disease resistance, and 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 region and has a very high yield potential on heavier soils. 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 given very high yields in the West region and high yields in the East. It has good resistance to lodging and has a very high yield potential on heavier soils. Belfry has given high yields in untreated UK trials and has high resistance to rhynchosporium. 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 very high yields throughout the UK and performs very well across all soil types. It has high resistance to rhynchosporium and it is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV). Belmont is susceptible to brown rust.

Funky

A relatively early-maturing 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 gives its best relative performance in the West region. Funky has given high yields in untreated UK trials and has high resistance to rhynchosporium and brown rust. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

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 is susceptible to mildew. It is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV). Libra is no longer under test in RL trials.

SY Baracooda

A very high-yielding six-row hybrid feed variety. This variety has given very high yields throughout the UK and has a high yield potential on heavier soils. It is a relatively tall variety but responds well to plant growth regulators. SY Baracooda has high resistance to mildew and it is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV). SY Baracooda is no longer under test in RL trials.

SY Kingsbarn

A very high-yielding six-row hybrid feed variety with a high specific weight. This variety has given very high yields throughout the UK and on heavier soils. SY Kingsbarn responds well to plant growth regulators. It has high resistance to mildew and it is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

SY Kingston (NEW)

This new addition is a very high-yielding six-row hybrid feed variety recommended for the UK. It has a high specific weight. This relatively early-maturing variety has given very high treated yields in both the West and North regions. It has also performed well in the East, on both light and heavier soils, and across a range of years. It is a relatively tall variety but responds well to plant growth regulators. SY Kingston has given high yields in untreated UK trials and has no major weaknesses in disease resistance. It has high resistance to mildew and it is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

SY Thunderbolt (NEW)

This new addition is a very high-yielding six-row feed hybrid variety recommended for the UK. It has a high specific weight. This relatively early-maturing variety has given very high treated yields throughout the UK and on heavier soils (based on limited data). It has moderate straw strength. SY Thunderbolt has given high yields in untreated UK trials and has no major weaknesses in disease resistance. It has high resistance to mildew and brown rust and it is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic viruses (BaYMV strain 1 and BaMMV).

Spring barley 2021


Malting varieties


Cosmopolitan

Quality: A high-yielding variety. It has a low specific weight.

Agronomy: Cosmopolitan has given high treated yields throughout the UK. This relatively stiff, short-strawed variety has very high resistance to mildew. It is susceptible to brown rust.

MAGB comment: Removed from the MBC Approved List for brewing use in spring 2021. Growers are advised to speak to their merchants about markets.

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 markets.

Firefoxx

Quality: A high-yielding variety with potential for malt distilling. It has a similar specific weight to Laureate.

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields throughout the UK. It has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. Firefoxx has very high resistance to mildew, but it is susceptible to brown rust.

MAGB comment: Under test by MBC for malt distilling, with completion expected spring 2022.  Growers are advised to speak to merchants before committing to this or other varieties in this position.

Iconic

Quality: Recommended for the West region.

Agronomy: It has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. Iconic has very high resistance to mildew.

MAGB comment: Removed from the MBC Approved List for brewing use in spring 2021. Growers are advised to speak to their merchants about markets.

KWS Sassy

Quality: Fully approved by MBC for malt distilling use.

Agronomy: This variety has given its best relative performance in the North region. It has moderate resistance to both lodging and brackling. KWS Sassy has very high resistance to mildew.

MAGB comment: Fully approved for malt distilling use since 2017, Sassy continues to grow its share of the UK spring barley market. Growers are advised to speak to their merchants about markets.

Laureate

Quality: Fully approved by MBC for both brewing and malt distilling use. It tends to give a low specific weight.

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields in both the East and West regions. This relatively stiff, short-strawed variety has high resistance to brackling. It has very high resistance to mildew.

MAGB comment: Fully approved by the MBC for brewing and malt distilling since 2017, Laureate continues to hold more than 50% of the UK spring barley market.

LG Diablo

Quality: A high-yielding variety, fully approved by MBC for both brewing and malt distilling use.

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

MAGB comment: Fully approved by MBC for malt distilling use in 2019 and for brewing use in 2020. LG Diablo continues to grow its share of the UK spring barley market.

Propino

Quality: No longer approved by MBC for brewing use, may be suited to European markets.

Agronomy: This variety has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. It does not carry the mlo mildew resistance gene. Propino is no longer under test in RL trials.

MAGB comment: Removed from the MBC Approved List for brewing use in autumn 2020. Growers are advised to speak to their merchants about markets.

RGT Planet

Quality: Fully approved by MBC for brewing.

Agronomy: It has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. RGT Planet has very high resistance to mildew.

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

Sienna

Quality: No longer approved by MBC for malt distilling use. It tends to give a high specific weight.

Agronomy: This relatively stiff-strawed variety has given its best relative performance in the North region. It has very high resistance to mildew. Sienna is no longer under test in RL trials.

MAGB comment: Removed from the MBC Approved List for malt distilling use in autumn 2020. Growers are advised to speak to their merchants about markets.

Skyway (NEW)

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

Agronomy: This variety has given very high treated yields, particularly in the West (based on limited data) and East region, and is the highest yielding variety on the 2021 Recommended List. It is a relatively stiff-strawed variety with high resistance to brackling. Skyway has given high yields in untreated UK trials and has very high resistance to mildew.

MAGB comment: Under test by MBC for brewing, with completion expected spring 2022.  Growers are advised to speak to merchants before committing to this or other varieties in this position.

SY Splendor

Quality: A high-yielding variety with potential for brewing.

Agronomy: This late-maturing variety has given high treated yields throughout the UK. SY Splendor has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. It has very high resistance to mildew, but it is very susceptible to brown rust. Limited data suggests it is susceptible to rhynchosporium.

MAGB comment: Under test by MBC for brewing, with completion expected spring 2022.  Growers are advised to speak to merchants before committing to this or other varieties in this position.

SY Tungsten

Quality: A high-yielding variety with potential for both brewing and malt distilling use.

Agronomy: This variety has given high treated yields in both the West and North regions. It has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. It has very high resistance to mildew, but it is susceptible to brown rust. Limited data suggests it is susceptible to rhynchosporium.

MAGB commentUnder test by MBC for brewing and malt distilling, with completion expected spring 2022. Growers are advised to speak to merchants before committing to this or other varieties in this position.

MBC Approved List

Brewing use

Full approval: Laureate, RGT Planet, LG Diablo

Provisional approval: SY Splendor, SY Tungsten, Skyway

Malt distilling use

Full approval: Laureate, KWS Sassy, LG Diablo

Provisional approval: SY Tungsten, Firefoxx

Grain distilling use

Full approval: Fairing

Provisional approval: None approved


Feed varieties


Cadiz (NEW)

This new addition is a high-yielding feed variety recommended for the East and West regions. It has given very high yields in both the East region and West region (based on limited data). It is a relatively stiff-strawed variety with high resistance to brackling. Cadiz has given high yields in untreated UK trials and has very high resistance to mildew.

Fairway

A high-yielding feed variety, with a low specific weight. This variety has given high treated yields throughout the UK. It has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. Fairway has very high resistance to mildew. Limited data suggests it is very susceptible to rhynchosporium.

Prospect

A high-yielding feed variety. This variety has given high treated yields throughout the UK and has given its best relative performance in the East region. It has relatively stiff straw with high resistance to brackling. Prospect has given high yields in untreated UK trials and has very high resistance to mildew.


Oats

Winter oats 2021/22


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 both mildew and crown rust.

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.

RGT Lineout

A relatively early-maturing husked variety, with moderate straw strength. It tends to give a low specific weight. It is very susceptible to mildew.

RGT Southwark

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


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 crown rust and very susceptible to mildew.

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 2021


Husked varieties


Aspen

A relatively short, husked variety. It is susceptible to mildew.

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. It is early maturing. Conway is susceptible to crown rust.

Delfin

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

Elison

A high-yielding husked variety with high resistance to lodging. It tends to give a low kernel content. Elison has high resistance to mildew and has given high yields in untreated UK trials. It is very susceptible to crown rust.

Firth

A relatively short, husked variety. It is susceptible to crown rust. Firth is no longer under test in RL trials.

WPB Elyann

An early-maturing variety, with a high kernel content. It is susceptible to mildew.

WPB Isabel

A high-yielding husked variety with a high kernel content and specific weight. Limited data suggests 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 very high resistance to lodging. It is susceptible to mildew.

Madison

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

Oliver

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


Oilseed rape

Winter oilseed rape 2021/22


Recommended varieties


Aardvark

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, with good stem stiffness at maturity. It is a relatively early-flowering variety. Aardvark has high resistance to light leaf spot.

Acacia

A conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the UK. Acacia has given a very high treated gross output in the East/West region and has a high treated gross output in the North. It has high resistance to lodging and is very stiff-stemmed at maturity.

Ambassador

A hybrid variety recommended for the UK. This variety has given a very high treated gross output in the East/West region. It has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data), with good stem stiffness at maturity. It is relatively early maturing, with resistance to pod shatter. Ambassador has high resistance to both light leaf spot and stem canker and is resistant to Turnip yellows virus (TuYV).

Artemis

A hybrid variety recommended for the UK. This variety has given a very high treated gross output in the East/West region. It is a relatively tall variety and has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data), with good stem stiffness at maturity. It is relatively early maturing, with resistance to pod shatter. Artemis is resistant to Turnip yellows virus (TuYV).

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. It is a relatively late-maturing variety. Aspire has high resistance to light leaf spot and is resistant to Turnip yellows virus (TuYV).

Aurelia

A hybrid variety recommended for the UK. This variety has given a very high treated gross output in the East/West region and has a high treated gross output in the North. It has high resistance to lodging, with good stem stiffness at maturity. Aurelia has resistance to pod shatter. It 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. This variety has high resistance to lodging, with good stem stiffness at maturity. Ballad is no longer under test in RL trials.

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 is a relatively late-maturing variety. It has high resistance to both light leaf spot and stem canker. Barbados is no longer under test in RL trials.

Blazen

A conventional, open-pollinated variety recommended for the North region. It has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) and is very stiff-stemmed at maturity.

Crocodile

A 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 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. This variety has high resistance to lodging, with good stem stiffness at maturity. It is susceptible to stem canker.

Croozer

A 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. It is a relatively early-maturing variety. Croozer has high resistance to stem canker.

Darling

A 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 resistance to pod shatter. It has high resistance to stem canker and is resistant to Turnip yellows virus (TuYV).

Dazzler

A hybrid variety recommended for the East/West region. This relatively early-flowering variety has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) and is very stiff-stemmed at maturity. It is a relatively early-maturing variety, with resistance to pod shatter. Dazzler has high resistance to stem canker and is resistant to Turnip yellows virus (TuYV).

DK Expansion

A hybrid variety recommended for the UK. DK Expansion is a relatively tall variety but has high resistance to lodging, with good stem stiffness at maturity. It has resistance to pod shatter and high resistance to stem canker. DK Expansion is no longer under test in RL trials.

DK Expectation (NEW)

This new addition is a hybrid variety recommended for the East/West region and has given a very high treated gross output for the East/West. It is a relatively early-flowering variety and has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data). It is relatively early maturing, with resistance to pod shatter. DK Expectation has high resistance to light leaf spot and stem canker and is resistant to Turnip yellows virus (TuYV).

DK Exsteel

A hybrid variety for the North region. It is a relatively tall variety but has high resistance to lodging, with good stem stiffness at maturity. This variety has resistance to pod shatter. It has high resistance to both light leaf spot and stem canker. DK Exsteel is no longer under test in RL trials.

DK Imprint CL (NEW)

This new addition is a Clearfield® hybrid variety for the UK, with a specific recommendation for its tolerance to specific imidazolinone herbicides. It has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data) and has resistance to pod shatter. It has high resistance to stem canker. Growers are advised to see the BASF website (agricentre.basf.co.uk) for more information about Clearfield® management and husbandry.

George

A hybrid variety recommended for the East/West region. This variety has given a high treated gross output in the East/West. It has high resistance to lodging. It has very high resistance to stem canker. George is no longer under test in RL trials.

LG Aviron (NEW)

This new addition is a hybrid variety recommended for the UK. This variety has given a high treated gross output in the North region and a very high treated gross output in the East/West region. LG Aviron is a relatively early-flowering variety. It is relatively early maturing, with resistance to pod shatter. It has high resistance to both light leaf spot and stem canker and is resistant to Turnip yellows virus (TuYV).

LG Antigua (NEW)

This new addition is a hybrid variety recommended for the East/West region. 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. It is a relatively early-maturing variety, with resistance to pod shatter. It has high resistance to stem canker and is resistant to Turnip yellows virus (TuYV).

Nizza CL

A Clearfield® hybrid variety for the East/West region, with a specific recommendation for its tolerance to specific imidazolinone herbicides. Nizza CL has high resistance to lodging (based on limited data), with good stem stiffness at maturity. Growers are advised to see the BASF website (agricentre.basf.co.uk) for more information about Clearfield® management and husbandry.

PT275

A hybrid variety recommended for the East/West region. It has high resistance to lodging, with good stem stiffness at maturity. This variety has resistance to pod shatter. PT275 is no longer under test in RL trials.

PT279CL

A Clearfield® hybrid variety for the East/West region, with a specific recommendation for its tolerance to specific imidazolinone herbicides. 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 (agricentre.basf.co.uk) for more information about Clearfield® management and husbandry.

Respect (NEW)

This new addition is a hybrid variety recommended for the East/West region. This variety 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 has high resistance to stem canker.

Temptation

A hybrid variety for the UK, with a specific recommendation 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. Temptation is no longer under test in RL trials.

V 316 OL

A 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.


Described varieties


PX131

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

Resort

A high erucic acid (HEAR) variety, described for the UK. HEAR varieties have a different oil profile (having around 50% erucic acid, compared with less than 2% for ‘00’ varieties). They 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. It has high resistance to lodging and is stiff-stemmed at maturity.


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