You are here

Variety Overview

End-use group: Six-row feed, Hybrid

Market options: Livestock Feed

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

Regional positioning: Performs well in all regions

Sowing rate: Approx 200 seeds/m2 in good conditions

Key features: SY THUNDERBOLT is the new hybrid barley variety with consistently high regional yields. This variety is especially strong on heavy land. In addition, it offers outstanding grain quality (with a specific weight of 69.6 g/hl), 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 2021/22 and shared some key statistics we think you'll be interested in. 

Yield

 

Untreated Yield*

Treated Yield*

Eastern Yield*

Western Yield*

Northern Yield*

SY THUNDERBOLT

85

107

107

[107]

107

KWS Orwell

80

102.0

102

102

101

* % treated control

 

Grain quality

 

Specific Weight

(kg/hl)

Screenings

(% through 2.25mm)

Screenings

(% through 2.5mm) 

SY THUNDERBOLT

69.6

2.3

7.9

KWS Orwell

68.1

2.1

6.3

 

Disease profile

 

Mildew 

(1-9)

Brown rust

(1-9)

Rhynchosporium 

(1-9)

Net blotch

(1-9)

BaYMV

SY THUNDERBOLT

8

7

6

[6]

R

KWS Orwell

3

7

6

5

R

[ ] = limited data

Agronomic features

 

Resistance to lodging

(1-9)

Straw height without PGR

(cm)

Straw height with PGR

(cm)

Ripening

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

SY THUNDERBOLT 

6

[114]

106

-1

KWS Orwell

8

89

86

0
 

Breeding Insight

SY THUNDERBOLT is our newest variety showing strong yields across all regions and has performed well (111%) on heavy soils. It is also early maturing to help with harvest flexibility.

Sarah Hughes

Product Update
04.06.2021

A new hybrid winter feed barley being launched this autumn, which combines high yield with high grain quality, could hold particular appeal for growers in the north and the west...

Get the most from your variety

Fungicides

Tailor your fungicide programme to your variety

Barley trial showing different crop heights

PGRs

Growth regulation advice for your variety

Herbicides

Integrate your approach to weed management

Orange Blossom Midge on Barley

Insecticides

Manage pest pressure in your crop