Hybrid barley withstands the tests of 2018
Harvest results from AHDB’s trial sites are coming in thick and fast with the majority of winter barley sites published. The current average yield across all sites is 10.34 t/ha, 0.4 t/ha above the 5 year average.
The hybrid barley varieties are performing well across the UK with the top 5 positions awarded to the Hyvido family. Yields have reached up to 11.93 t/ha despite both the storms and the drought that 2018 has thrown at growers.
At Clinge in Suffolk, three of the recommended hybrids: Belmont, Bazooka and Belfry have come in at 110-111% of control means, beaten only by the new candidate hybrid varieties such as SY Kingsbarn.
On the other side of the country at Hatton in Warwick, the hybrids outyielded the conventional 6-row varieties by up to 0.46 t/ha.
Meanwhile, the seed cost for a lower-performing conventional barley variety has risen to around 80 £/ha whilst the cost of hybrid varieties have been held static. Consequently, the premium required to buy seed of a higher-performing hybrid variety has reduced. 2018 could therefore be the ideal time to try the hybrid varieties if you have not grown them before.
If you’ve grown a hybrid barley variety this year, add your harvest results to our interactive map for a chance to win a trip to Germany to visit the CLAAS factory and see combine manufacturing in action.