Continuing the established and successful line of dual purpose, non-GN spring barley varieties, Origin and Ovation have received full recommendation.
Origin is a high yielding variety with potential for brewing and malt distilling. Offering 8% yield benefit over Concerto, yielding 104% over control, the variety has performed well in the north and east, suiting established spring barley growing areas.
Origin is moderately short strawed with good lodging resistance offering good disease ratings with a (9) for yellow rust and a 6 for Rhyncosporium. Its high Hot water Extract properties make it one of the best on the Recommended List (RL).
Ovation is the highest yielding feed barley on the RL, yielding 11% over Concerto at 107% over control, which includes good yields also in the west of the country. Its rating of 7 for brackling and Rhyncosporium underpins these high yields.
“Although not suitable for UK malting requirements, the variety is in French CBMO trialling, and has had good results in both Czech and Danish trials, so could be suitable for export from more southern farms, ”says Les Daubney, arable marketing director with Limagrain.
The conventional variety Nikita, which has a Light Leaf Spot rating of 7, makes it one of the highest on the HGCA Recommended List. “Varieties with high LLS ratings show significantly better natural resistance compared to other varieties providing that bit of breathing space required to treat the crops, and should be selected as an important element in the fight against this very damaging and increasingly high threat disease,” says Dr Vasilis Gegas, senior oilseed rape breeder with Limagrain,
“The last two years have seen the spread of the disease, which has been accelerated by the warmer winter experienced in 2013 and 2014, allowing earlier infection and more rapid recycling of the disease- and this winter is not looking very different so far.”
He notes that in years when LLS pressure is high, resistance ratings may come under pressure and therefore there’s a distinct advantage in starting with the highest rating possible.
Nikita not only offers a significant step forward for integrated disease management but also delivers solid seed and oil yield, being one of the highest on the RL for this category, at 45.6%
“With its high LLS resistance, short and stiff stem and earliness to maturity, Nikita fits well with the requirements of the northern region and has been fully recommended for the North. Unexpectedly however, it has not been accepted onto the East- West list despite its obvious favourable characteristics. According to the AHDB, this decision has come about solely as a result of Nikita’s lower, though above the minimum standards, stem canker rating, but we strongly believe that this should not deter growers from the variety as it performed very well across the country this harvest, and is well supported by the seed industry and growers alike. “
Amalie is the only commercially available oilseed rape variety with resistance to TuYV on the market, and its recommendation this year confirms the importance of this characteristic.
Amalie is a conventional OSR variety that offers a gross output similar to the widely grown variety, DK Cabernet. In situations, where aphids are difficult to control and infection levels of TuYV high, Amalie will yield as much as susceptible varieties.
Agronomically the variety offers sound agronomics and robust disease resistance ratings, with a 6 for LLS and 5 for phoma, with an 8 for standing power and stem stiffness, so with no obvious weaknesses there is a serious case for growers to consider making it part of their OSR cropping next season.
Kingfisher, a large blue pea has added to the RL list for 2016. “Its slightly lower yield at 98% is more than compensated for as this variety offers superb colour, as good as Daytona, making it very suitable for the micronizing and other premium markets,” says Milika Buurman, senior pulse breeder with Limagrain.
“Kingfisher although slightly taller, has one of the highest standing ability ratings of 7 on the RL, it also has a rating of 6 for downy mildew, so should find favour on farm easily.”