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Variety Overview

End-use group: Six-row feed, Hybrid 

Market options: Livestock Feed 

Soil preference: More suited to light land and soils 

Regional positioning: Particularly suited to the North and West 

Sowing rate: Approx 200 seeds/m2 in good conditions 

Key features: SY KINGSTON is the new strong performer for the North and the West and is especially strong on light land. SY KINGSTON also produces grain with a high specific weight and its early maturity adds greater flexibility at harvest time and an opportunity to manage workload more effectively. In addition, SY KINGSTON offers good all-round disease resistance and superior grass weed suppression which is uniquely powered by hybrid barley.

Key Performance Statistics

We've compared SY KINGSTON and KWS Orwell on the AHDB Recommended List 2021/22 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.



 Untreated Yield*Treated Yield*Eastern Yield*Western Yield*Northern Yield*
SY KINGSTON88107.3106109108
KWS Orwell80102.0102102101

* % treated control


Grain quality


Specific Weight



(% through 2.25mm)


(% through 2.5mm) 

SY KINGSTON69.72.68.9
KWS Orwell68.12.16.3


Disease profile




Brown rust




Net blotch


KWS Orwell3765R

Agronomic features


Resistance to lodging


Straw height without PGR


Straw height with PGR



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

SY KINGSTON 7[120]107-1
KWS Orwell889860

Breeding Insight

SY KINGSTON is a fantastic variety for the North and West. It has repeatedly produced 10.5+ t/ha treated yields every year for the past 3 seasons. Very early ripening provides an opportunity to drill following oilseed rape crops earlier.

Paul Roche

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