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Volume has recommended by the AHDB since its release eight years ago. It offers proven consistent performance with fantastic yield potential and an overall strong disease profile.  It still continues to be the barley variety to beat, hybrid or not!

HYVIDO Volume variety summary

Soil preference

Suitable for all soil types and performs well even on marginal land

Regional positioning

Performs well in all regions

Growth habit

Sowing rate

200 seeds per m2

Market options

Six-row feed, Hybrid

End-use group

Livestock feed

Variety Overview

We've compared a few varieties on the AHDB Recommended List 2017 and shared some key statistics we think you'll be interested in.  Download the variety sheet for some more in depth information you can carry with you everywhere.

Agronomic features


Resistance to lodging


Straw height without PGR


Straw height with PGR



(days +/- Cassata, -ve = earlier)

HYVIDO Volume 7 109 104 -1
Surge 6 [93] 93 0
KWS Cassia 8 86 91 0

[ ] = limited data



  Untreated Yield* Treated Yield* Eastern Yield* Western Yield* Northern Yield*
HYVIDO Volume 84 106 105 107 107
Surge 88 103 104 103 102
KWS Cassia 82 99 99 99 101

* % treated control


Grain quality


Specific Weight



(% through 2.25mm)


(% through 2.5mm) 

HYVIDO Volume 67.5 5.4 15.3
Surge 68.6 2.2 5.4
KWS Cassia 70.5 2.0 5.4


Disease profile




Yellow rust


Brown rust




Net blotch


HYVIDO Volume 5 [8] 5 7 6
Surge 5 [7] 8 7 7
KWS Cassia 4 [5] 7 4 6

[ ] = limited data

Breeders Insights

VOLUME offers tried and trusted yield potential. One of our family of high yielding six row Hybrid Barley family, VOLUME was the first and up until recently, the one to beat.  It was the top yielding barley variety on the Recommended List for a mighty seven years only pipped to the post recently with new HYVIDO varieties BAZOOKA and BELFRY.  If you're new to growing Hybrid Barley this is probably the variety for you, it offers you consistency and a great potential return on your initial seed investment. It's relatively tall with moderately stiff straw that benefits management and has a good overall disease profile with strengths in Yellow rust and Rhynchosporium resistance.  Overall VOLUME is now a variety that has proved itself to be high yielding no matter the soil type or season and offers additional benefits such as Black-grass suppression, its proven to reduce the seed return to soil meaning you can not only increase yields but potentially utilize land previously thought un-farmable.