A new top-yielding feed spring barley described as a solid, no nonsense option for growers looking for a variety with high output yet which is straightforward to manage, is being launched for this spring.
Garner spring barley
Garner, from Syngenta Seeds, was one of the new variety additions to the HGCA Recommended List of spring barley for 2010, says Samantha Smith, UK cereal sales and marketing manager for Syngenta Seeds.
At 108%, it has the highest UK treated yield figure among feed spring barley varieties on the HGCA Recommended List, says Ms Smith, but it also combines that with high-end resistance to key diseases of Rhynchosporium and mildew, and good resistance to brackling.
“As a result of its robust disease resistance, Garner also has the highest UK untreated grain yield figure among spring feed barley varieties on the HGCA Recommended List,” she points out.
Importantly, however, Ms Smith says Garner has also produced high output of straw in independent trial work. “In Scottish work, Garner produced 2.87 t/ha of straw – which was 0.2 t/ha above Waggon, which is itself known for producing high straw yields, and 0.69 t/ha higher than Riviera.
“All in all, Garner could be ideal for feed barley growers for whom yield is the top priority but who also want a solid, no nonsense variety which has good resilience to disease.
“It could ideally suit mixed farms with livestock where there is a need for plenty of grain and straw for home feeding. Or it could suit arable farmers who are looking to counter the effects of lower grain price with higher grain yields and additional income from straw sales.”
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