Spring barley yields below average

Spring barley trials for the HGCA Recommended List have come in slightly below the five-year average yield, at 6.89t/ha.

The provisional brewing varieties, KWS Irina and Sanette yielded 109% and 108% of the control varieties, respectively.

For varieties with full approval for brewing, Odyssey averaged 107% of the control, with Propino at 101%.

The feed variety Shada yielded 111%, performing well at both the Norfolk and Yorkshire trial sites.

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Three winter oilseed rape results had now been received from the north region, which comprised trials from Teesside up to Aberdeenshire, said the report.

“The average gross output is 5.73t/ha which, is above the four-year average of 5.1t/ha. The Edinburgh site achieved the highest average yield of 6.25 t/ha.”

Based on this year’s yields alone, Anastasia was achieving a gross output of 117% of the control varieties, with Boheme at 116% and Incentive at 112%.

“The four year average figures are, however, a better reflection of variety performance over several seasons and Anastasia achieves a gross output of 110%, Incentive 109% and Boheme 107%.”

Candidate varieties that were currently performing well included Campus at 116% and SY Harnas at115%, with V316OL, Combiner and DK Explicit all at 112%.

Meanwhile, the NFU had launched its annual harvest survey for 2014, and was urging members to fill in their crop area and yields on the confidential website or by post.

“Without the information provided by members it would have simply been impossible to generate an accurate estimate in the past,” said NFU chief arable adviser Guy Gagen.

“This year’s survey is online, making it easy for members to record crucial information that goes into painting a picture of the 2014 harvest on a national scale.”

Respondents to this year’s survey would be entered into a competition to win a GrainSafe Smartprobe temperature monitor for stored grain.