Variety: RGT Planet
Description: Planet is the number one official spring barley on the planet! It is a 2 row spring barley variety which has proved to be a consistent performer, with a good specific weight of 68.3kg/hl. It’s stiff and plentiful straw, alongside generally good disease resistance, has extended its interest to growers with livestock, whilst offering EU export market opportunities, and having full MBC approval for brewing.Variety: LG Diablo
Description: Diablo is the second highest yielding variety on the 2019/20 recommended list, having demonstrated highest yields in the north of the UK. It brings with it a strong agronomic profile with a high resistance to mildew. Diablo has a ripening score of +2, relatively stiff straw which is resistant to brackling alongside good quality grain, with a high specific weight of 67.6kg/hl and a high hot water extract value of 315.2 l deg/kg.Variety: Laureate
Description: Laureate as a variety has full MBC approval for brewing and malt distilling, which is gaining popularity within markets, including for English brewing. Laureate has consistent performance over all regions with a decent specific weight, and relatively low screenings of 1.3% though 2.25mm. In addition it offers stiff straw at a height of 71cm, with high resistance to brackling and is said to hold around 35% share of the UK spring barley market.Variety: Propino
Description: Propino is a key spring barley variety, grown widely throughout the UK since 2010! This variety offers low screenings of 0.8% through 2.25mm, and a strong agronomic package, however it is weaker on mildew, and now slightly lower yielding than some of the newer alternative options on the list, such as Planet and Laureate.Variety: Cosmopolitan *NEW*
Breeder: Senova (Sejet) – Limited availability for this Spring.
Description: Cosmopolitan is new to the AHDB recommended list this year, entering as the highest yielding spring barley, with a fungicide grain yield at 106% of the treated control. Its highest yields have been seen in the East region, bringing with it a solid agronomic package of a 5 for Brown Rust, 6 for Rynchosporium, and mlo resistance to mildew. It displays short, stiff straw and a maturity similar to Laureate. This variety is under testing for MBC malting approval.
Other Varieties are available, including:
- LG Tomohawk – recommended for the west.