Testing times bring changes to 1998 lists
Variety trials funded by the HGCAs farmer/merchant levy
have prompted a range of changes to the 1998 UK
Recommended Lists for combinable crops. Although just one
new winter wheat and two new winter barleys have won
recommendation, there is widespread jostling in the ranks
and an upgrading of the spring rape list. Andrew Blake
reports over the following three pages
After a testing year for winter wheats only one new variety, Savannah, is added to the UKRecommended List. Results from two northern trials with poor seed set were justifiably taken into account when making the decisions, says NIABs John Ramsbottom (inset).
NEW WINTER CEREALS
• Savannah (PG) – hard feed; yield 4% up on best.
• Vertige (PG) – high yielding two-row feed.
• Jewel (PS) – BYMV resistant feed.
• Jalna (PG) – sets new yield standard.
Note: PG & PS = Provisionally recommended for general and special use respectively.