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Better yields and quality on latest recommended lists

February 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Crops

More than 20 new cereal and oilseed varieties were added to the recently published AHDB Recommended Lists for 2018/19.

In total, the lists have gained 22 new varieties, with 27 older varieties removed. The AHDB said the new varieties demonstrate continued improvements in yield, disease resistance and quality to meet the needs of growers and end markets.

Newly listed varieties potentially benefit the biscuit wheat market, and the soft and hard feed sectors. The number of future malting and brewing barley have increased, while for feed barley growers there are improvements both in yield, and specific weight.

Winter wheat

The UK biscuit (Group 3) wheat area has become worryingly low in recent years.  This has resulted in low supplies to the domestic and export markets. Group 3 variety Elicit is new to the 2018/19 Recommended List to help fill this market segment.

Steady improvements in feed wheat with two new soft and two new hard feed varieties listed. These varieties are the highest yielding varieties in their groups. The new soft feed wheats also provide opportunities for grain distilling and potential for export too. 

Oilseed rape

Winter oilseed rape varieties are presented on a single UK table for the first time with varieties differentiated by region. Four new varieties have been recommended for the northern region but the number of varieties for the east and west regions have been reduced.

New variety Architect – with resistance to turnip yellows virus (TuYV) – has been recommended and replaces Amalie. There is often a trade-off between disease resistance and increased yield, but Architect marks a step forward in TuYV resistant varieties.

Winter barley

Three new six-row winter feed varieties have been recommended for the advances they bring to this group. The six-row hybrid variety, Libra has an impressive specific weight at 70.6 kg/hl, greater than all other six-row feed varieties and most of the two-row feed varieties.

The hybrid variety Belmont has the highest yield on the 2018/19 list. One new conventional six-row feed variety, KWS Astaire, has been recommended. This variety combines  good treated yield with a superb package of disease resistance and achieves the highest untreated yield

A print edition of the AHDB Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds booklet will be distributed in the coming weeks.

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