Fifteen new varieties of winter wheat, winter and spring barley, oilseed rape and oats have been added to the HGCA Recommended List for 2010/11.


The most interesting recommendation in winter wheat appears to be Invicta from Nickerson, which is a Group 3 variety, with similar performance as a biscuit variety to Robigus. It also is rated as “medium” for distilling and provisionally classified as suitable for export, albeit only in a blend.

Its yield is 103% of the controls – 3% above Robigus and 4% above last year’s new entrant Scout. It also offers much better disease resistance than Robigus.

Fellow Group 3 newcomer Warrior, bred by RAGT, is unlikely to be of as much interest, apart from possibly to biscuit growers. It does not meet the specification for export and is rated ‘poor’ for distilling. It was given a specific recommendation for good disease resistance.

Also new in the soft wheat segment, but as a Group 4 feed, is Beluga from Senova. It is rated as “good” for distilling, and has a yield 2% above Viscount across the UK.

Oakley’s problems with yellow rust has meant Conqueror has had a new lease of life after narrowly missing recommendation last year. With a yield 1% behind Oakley, its five rating for yellow rust compared with Oakley’s two was enough for the RL committee to give it the nod for this year.

Two Group 2 wheats have also made the list. KWS Sterling is a lower quality, high-yielding type in the Panorama mould, while Syngenta‘s Kingdom is specifically recommended for the east and west regions. It achieves protein levels similar to Cordiale, but baking performance has been variable.

Only two varieties have made the new oilseed rape list, both for the east and west region. The loss of northern trials last year made it impossible to recommend any new varieties, HGCA’s Jim McVittie said.

DK Cabernet, from Dekalb, has a gross output of 111% compared with Vision’s 106 – previously the highest conventional open-pollinated variety on the list. Fashion, also a conventional variety, makes the list at 108%.

Two potential winter malting barleys have been added, both from Syngenta. Winsome, which doesn’t have barley yellow mosaic virus resistance, yields 1% more than Flagon, while Purdey, which does, is the same ahead of Cassata.

KWS Cassia brings high yields and high specific weights to two-row winter feed barley, combining the best of Retriever and Saffron.

Propino, from Syngenta, is on the list as a two-row malting variety for brewing, leading Quench by 1% on yield, while the firm’s Garner just pips Waggon on yield in the field sector.

For more information keep checking back to FWi, see next week’s Farmers Weekly, and the 12 December issue of Crops for analysis of which varieties are likely to prove popular on farm.