New variety books out

UPDATED EDITIONS of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany‘s variety handbooks are now available.

The “NIAB Pocket Guide to Varieties of Cereals, Oilseeds & Pulses, Autumn 2005” covers over 100 recommended and important autumn-sown varieties.

“It is invaluable for anyone involved in the industry and provides concise reference to popular varieties,” said NIAB‘s Paul Nelson.

It also provides details on autumn-sown spring wheat, durum wheat, winter linseed and winter peas.

In addition, the Organic Vegetable Handbook provides trials-based information on 13 organic vegetable crops, including 31 potato varieties that can be sourced as organic seed.

“We recognise there is a growing market for organic vegetables, which at present cannot be satisfied by home produce,” added Mike Day, who compiled the handbook.

“Our new booklet will provide the objective variety information that growers need to break into this market.”

Copies of both publications cost £15 each and are available from NIAB Publications, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0LE, or visit

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