• A NEW spring barley with potential for the malt whisky distilling market in Scotland has been accepted for inclusion in SAC/NIAB Recommended List trials in 1999.
Code named NSL95-1271, the Nickerson-bred variety has been selected for its ability to produce a malt sample free of unwanted characteristics in the distilling process.
• THREE out of five spring barley varieties entering next years Recommended List trials come from Lincolnshire-based New Farm Crops.
Coded varieties NFC 496-10, NFC 496-20 and NFC 496-24 yielded at least 7t/ha in NIAB trials compared with 6.6t/ha for the NIAB controls, says NFC. All three have the maximum NIAB malting quality score of nine.
• A NEW high-yielding, quality alternative spring wheat from Nickerson, provisionally named Morph, has been bred primarily for late autumn drilling after sugar beet and potatoes.
It includes the yellow rust resistant winter wheat Buster in its pedigree. Potential breadmaking quality from Morph is said to be equivalent to the top end of Nabim Group 2. *