By FWi staff

THE Institute of Brewing has given full approval for spring malting barley variety Chalice next season, allowing Scottish growers an alternative to Chariot.

David Cranstoun, Scottish Agricultural College cereal specialist, said the new status of Chalice was well deserved and particularly welcome to Scottish growers.

“It is very important that producers have a choice, particularly where Chariot has been disappointing. Its useful that Chalice, with a yield on a par with Optic in Scotland, has got full approval,” said Dr Cranstoun.

Gary Mills-Thomas of breeder New Farm Crops said there were further advantages of Chalice to the grower.

“As well as scoring the maximum grade for malting quality on both SAC and National Institute of Agricultural Botany Recommended Lists, Chalice also overcomes the widespread problems of grain splitting and ear loss seen with other varieties over the last two seasons.”

Stiff straw, early maturity and the maximum rating for mildew resistance also makes Chalice well suited to Scotland and northern England, said Mr Mills-Thomas.