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.
* % treated control
(% through 2.25mm)
(% through 2.5mm)
[ ] = limited data
Resistance to lodging
Straw height without PGR
Straw height with PGR
(days +/- Orwell, -ve = earlier)
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.