Malting spring barley variety Planet has received full approval from the brewing industry and its breeder says it could take a fifth of the seed market next spring.
The variety is the highest yielding spring barley on the AHDB Recommended List and it now gets the thumbs-up from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling after its previous provisional approval tag.
With the seed industry fully behind the variety it has the potential to take over 20% market share in next year’s commercial spring barley crops Simon Howell, RAGT
Simon Howell, managing director at RAGT, which bred the spring barley, says the variety did well in macromalting and brewing tests carried out by the institute.
“With the seed industry fully behind the variety it has the potential to take over 20% market share in next year’s commercial spring barley crops,” he adds.
The variety is already approved in France, and is being used on a large scale by the major maltsters, while it is also approved by the brewing giant Heineken for use at any of its worldwide breweries.
The spring barley’s maturity is similar to the brewer’s current favourite variety Propino, while Planet offers good resistance to mildew and ramularia diseases.