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Syngenta has invested heavily into its spring barley breeding programme, producing tried and trusted varieties such as PROPINO which has been on the Recommended List for 10 years and exciting newer varieties such as LAUREATE and FAIRING. Find out more information on each of the varieties below.

AHDB Recommended


New to the AHDB Recommended List 2020/21, this variety has huge potential for the brewing and malt distilling market, with great quality and excellent yields.

AHDB Recommended


SY SPLENDOR is new to the AHDB RL 2020/21 and has the highest UK treated yield figure of any spring barley.

Laureate spring barley
AHDB Recommended


LAUREATE is suitable for brewing and distilling, demonstrating high yields and an excellent disease and agronomic profile.

Propino spring barley
AHDB Recommended


PROPINO is a spring malting barley that has been on the Recommended List since 2010 and also has full IBD Approval for brewing. PROPINO has produced excellent yields across all regions of the UK and remains England’s favourite brewing variety.

Fairing spring barley
AHDB Recommended


FAIRING is a spring malting barley with Full MBC Approval for Grain Distilling.

Scholar spring barley
AHDB Recommended


SCHOLAR is a very high yielding feed spring barley. It has a strong disease profile, excellent straw characteristics and a high specific weight.

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Meet the breeder - Hazel Bull

“Having joined Syngenta in January 2018, I am the most recent addition to the Cereal breeders. My background combines barley genetics and field based research, prior to joining Syngenta I spent 8 years at The James Hutton Institute, Dundee. I am excited to join the Syngenta team which has a strong history of malting barley excellence as well as facing the challenge of breeding new varieties which fulfill the agronomic demands of farmers in tandem with the key quality requirements of the Maltster, Brewer and Distiller.”

Hazel Bull