Harvest 2015: Winter barley trial yields up 14%, oilseed rape 6%

Winter barley yields are 14% higher and oilseed rape 6% above long-term averages in independent trials, helped by generally good growing weather.

Yields of winter barley reached 10.75t/ha, 1.32t/ha above a five-year average, with the best yields from Herefordshire, according to AHDB Recommended List trials.

See also: 5 top-yielding oilseed rape varieties

The results come from 13 sites including two in Scotland which produced some of the best yields at more than 11t/ha in the Borders and Midlothian.

Six-row varieties performed well with Volume coming out top at 107%, while the hybrid varieties showed better specific weights compared with conventional six-row varieties.

Among the two-rows, the highest yielders were Glacier 101%, Tower 101% and Infinity 100%.

See also: 5 top-yielding winter barley varieties of 2015 harvest

Oilseed rape results from four AHDB trials in Hampshire, Norfolk, Yorkshire and Oxfordshire showed a gross output yield of 5.6t/ha, above a four-year average of 5.27 t/ha.

This summer, the highest yielding varieties include Arazzo (110%), Fencer 108%, Campus (107%), Incentive (107%), V316OL (106%) and Avatar (106%), while based on four-year averages, the top-yielding varieties are V316OL (108%), Incentive (107%), Harnas (106%), Charger (106%), Campus (106%) and Arazzo (106%).


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