THE LAUNCH of a new high yielding spring malting barley variety will give growers more variety choice next year, according to Syngenta Seeds.

NFC Tipple is the highest yielding spring malting barley on the 2005/06 Home Grown Cereals Authority Recommended List and already has provisional approval one for brewing by the Institute of Brewing (IOB), the firm said.

The variety’s treated yield of 109% of control is 10% above Optic and it also offers good all round disease resistance, plus stiff straw (rated nine for lodging resistance), said the firm’s Robert Hiles.

“At field level, yield on the HGCA Recommended List 2005/06 exceeds all other key varieties with full IOB brewing approval in all regions. But probably most important, it is an inherently low grain nitrogen producer. That can make it easier for growers to achieve required malting specifications.”

NFC Tipple already has provisional grade A classification for malting quality in France and is undergoing commercial malting testing in Germany, Denmark and Sweden, he said.

It is hoped that full IOB approval for UK brewing will be gained during 2006.

“With its high yield, a balanced quality profile and progress in UK and European tests, NFC Tipple potentially widens marketing opportunities for growers,” he concluded.

For more on this variety, see this Friday’s (25 November) FARMERS WEEKLY magazine.