Relatively few new names grace latest Recommended Lists

Combinable crop growers trawling the new HGCA Recommended Lists of varieties for 2008/09 will find their choices reduced.

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The lists include only 13 new names, but 22 varieties have been dropped.

In what manager Jim McVittie describes as a “quiet year” for introductions there are three new winter wheats, one winter barley, a quartet each of winter oilseed rapes and spring barleys and a novel spring oat.

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