Variety Overview

End-use group: Six-row feed, Hybrid

Market options: Livestock Feed

Soil preferencePerforms well on all soil types, particularly on light land

Regional positioning Performs well in all regions, particularly in the West

Sowing rate: Approx 200 seeds/m2 in good conditions 

Key features: SY CANYON was newly recommended for 2022, a hybrid barley that brings high yield performance combined with exceptional grain quality.  This variety is particularly strong on light land.   SY CANYON has high UK yields and shows particularly strong performance in the  west.  SY CANYON offers outstanding grain quality, with a high specific weight of 71.7 kg/hl. SY CANYON brings a good all round disease profile and very high untreated yields.  SY CANYON is a fantastic new variety, bringing a winning combination of yield and quality as well as grassweed suppression uniquely driven by hybrid vigour.


Key Performance Statistics

We've compared SY CANYON and KWS Orwell on the AHDB Recommended List 2023/24 and shared some key statistics we think you'll be interested in.


  Untreated Yield* Treated Yield* Eastern Yield* Western Yield* Northern Yield*
SY CANYON 91 106 106 107 105
KWS Orwell 82 100 100 101 98

* % treated control

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Grain quality

  Specific weight (kg/hl) Screenings (% through 2.25mm) Screenings (% through 2.5mm)
SY CANYON 71.7 2.0 6.4
KWS Orwell 69.3 1.8 5.5

Disease profile




Brown rust




Net blotch (1-9) BaYMV
SY CANYON 7 7 6 5.2 R
KWS Orwell 3 7 6 5 R

[ ] = limited data

Agronomic features


Resistance to lodging with PGR


Straw height without PGR


Straw height with PGR 


Ripening (days +/- Orwell, -ve = earlier)
SY CANYON 5 115 107 0
KWS Orwell 8 94 86 0

[ ] = limited data


Breeding Insight


SY CANYON brings high specific weight commonly associated with LIBRA and combines it with high yield and strong disease resistance. This variety should offer growers confidence, flexibility, and high performance across the board.

Ben Urquhart - Seeds Technical Expert

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