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Variety Overview

End-use group: Six-row feed, Hybrid

Market options: Livestock Feed

Soil preference: Suitable for all soil types and performs well especially on heavy land

Regional positioning: Performs well in all regions

Sowing rate: Approx 200 seeds/m2 in good conditions. Up to 250 seeds/m2 in grass weed situations

Key features: SY THUNDERBOLT is the hybrid barley variety with consistently high regional yields. This variety is especially strong on heavy land. In addition, it offers outstanding grain quality, a good disease resistance profile – especially for brown rust and mildew – and its early maturity helps to add flexibility at harvest.  SY THUNDERBOLT is a great choice for the North and West and will have a special appeal to growers on heavy land who need a variety which will suppress grass weeds.

 

Key Performance Statistics

We've compared SY THUNDERBOLT and KWS Orwell on the AHDB Recommended List 2024/25 and shared some key statistics we think you'll be interested in. 

Yield

 Untreated Yield*Treated Yield*Eastern Yield*Western Yield*Northern Yield*
SY THUNDERBOLT88106.7106108107
KWS Orwell8399.69910099

* % treated control

Grain quality

 

Specific Weight

(kg/hl)

Screenings

(% through 2.25mm)

Screenings

(% through 2.5mm) 

SY THUNDERBOLT70.22.07.2
KWS Orwell68.91.75.4

Disease profile

 

Mildew 

(1-9)

Brown rust

(1-9)

Rhynchosporium 

(1-9)

Net blotch

(1-9)

BaYMV
SY THUNDERBOLT7676R
KWS Orwell3765R

[ ] = limited data

Agronomic features

 

Resistance to lodging with PGR

(1-9)

Straw height without PGR

(cm)

Straw height with PGR

(cm)

Ripening

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

SY THUNDERBOLT 6115107-1
KWS Orwell896870
 
 
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SY Thunderbolt Variety Vision

Breeding Insight

 

SY THUNDERBOLT is a variety showing strong yields across all regions and has performed well on heavy soils. It is also early maturing to help with harvest flexibility.

Sarah Hughes

Rhynchosporium on Barley

Fungicides

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Barley trial showing different crop heights

PGRs

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Herbicides

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Orange Blossom Midge on Barley

Insecticides

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