30 August 2002

Barley trial output fall

WITHall winter barleys in HGCA Recommended List trials managed by Crop Evaluation harvested, yields are 0.3t/ha (2.4cwt/acre) less than the 1998-2002 mean.

Only Pearl, Opal and six-row Muscat bettered their long term average, and then only slightly. Provisionally recommended types Leonie and Diamond suffered most falling 8% and 5% below their mean five-year performances respectively.

Candidate varieties Clara and Kestrel also failed to match their longer-term output, delivering 7% and 5% less than previously. &#42