08 August 1997
Gleam boosts yields despite BYMV

I HOPE Gleam becomes a variety that the maltsters want to use.

Farming on land affected with barley yellow mosaic virus (BYMV), this variety is irreplaceable and has pushed up our yields this season – our first year of growing it.

Although BYMV was only apparent in a small area of a couple of fields, I am sure it exists at sub-clinical levels over a much wider area. That is why Gleam has yielded much better than Puffin, which we grew in previous years.

Marie Skinner, High Ash Farm, Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk