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Hybrid barley growers could be in line for a share of almost £140,000 payout if their crops failed to outyield the leading conventional varieties this harvest.

Out of 593 growers registered with Syngenta’s Hyvido barley cashback guarantee this year, 41 were eligible to make a claim for an area totalling 2,320ha, meaning the breeder’s total payout could be almost £139,205.

Under the guarantee, growers are paid £60/ha if the hybrid barley crop fails to beat the yield of top conventional varieties by at least 0.5t/ha at their nearest reference network site.

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This compares with 178 growers who were eligible to claim in 2014 for the 25,382ha of hybrid barley which did not yield 0.5t/ha more than the conventionals, resulting in Syngenta paying out £357,000.

Syngenta’s guarantee

If Syngenta’s hybrid barley fails to yield at least 0.5t/ha more than the current leading conventional varieties at a grower’s nearest independent reference network site, the company will pay out £60/ha to cover the higher cost of buying the hybrid seed.

How it works

Growers can decide to opt in and sign up by the end of February 2016

Flexible inputs must be followed to qualify for the guarantee

Syngenta grows Hyvido hybrid barley and market-leading conventional varieties in reference fields across the UK

Reference field harvest average yields are taken from three local sites and are independently assessed by Adas

Syngenta gives growers money back if a grower’s hybrid did not beat the yield of a conventional variety grown at the local independent reference network site by at least 0.5t/ha

Syngenta’s seed and seedcare manger Mark Bullen told Farmers Weekly the scheme, which is about to be rolled out for a third year, gives growers a risk free guarantee.

“The 2015 season has shown the advantages of Hyvido over conventional barley in many cases throughout the UK and this year we had more growers sign up with a bigger area grown.

“It is worth remembering that although these growers were eligible to claim cash back this year, they may have actually beaten their own top yields,” he said.

“There are cases where their hybrid crop has outperformed the yield average for that farm, but the grower is still eligible for money back because the three local reference sites used had also yielded well.

“In a good year for barley, it is probably even more likely that a grower will get a payout because the conventional varieties are likely to have also yielded well.”

The 2015/16 Hyvido guarantee opens for applicants on 7 December and growers need to opt-in by 29 February 2016.

Visit Syngenta’s website for more information on the Hyvido barley cash back guarantee.

Criteria to qualify for the guarantee

Seed variety Any Syngenta Hyvido barley variety
Seed variety 200 seeds/sq m or 70% of a conventional seed rate up to 260 seeds/sq m
Nitrogen First N application split on, at or before GS25 with a minimum 60% of total N dose applied at or before GS31
Fungicide Use an appropriate rate of isopryazam-based chemistry at least once in the programme
PGR Use an appropriate rate of Syngenta-branded trinexapac-ethyl at least once in the plant growth regulator programme