Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB wheat Recommended List harvest results.
Use the map below to find the five highest-yielding spring barley varieties at your nearest trials site.
See also: 5 top-yielding winter wheat varieties
See also: 5 top-yielding winter barley varieties
Spring barley summary
Results are in from 16 Recommended List trial sites and the control varieties are averaging 7.78t/ha, above the five-year average (7.46t/ha). Some sites saw high yields including Banffshire (9.06 t/ha), North Yorkshire (8.72 t/ha) and County Down (8.68 t/ha).
Spring barley variety selection
The feed variety Fairway is performing best at 107%, with the malting varieties Laureate and Firefoxx doing well on 105%. The newly recommended varieties come next, with malting variety Skyway on 103% and feed variety Cadiz on 104%.
However, Cadiz only has an East/West recommendation and its overall performance is dragged down by low yields in three of the Scottish trials. Although Skyway has a UK recommendation, it too has underperformed at some of the Scottish trials – although it yielded 110% of controls in the Highlands.