Craft winter barley
Craft winter barley

Variety Overview

Market options: Full MBC Approval for Brewing

Soil preference: Suitable for all soil types

Regional positioning: Performs well in all regions

Agronomics: Robust disease profile with good straw

Parentage: SY 208-56 x SY Venture 

Key features: CRAFT is a very high-yielding winter malting barley which received Full MBC Approval for Brewing in May 2018. It brings improved agronomics and outstanding grain quality and is in strong demand from end users. 

Latest harvest results 2023

Click the link below to access the latest AHDB harvest results for 2023. 

Key Performance Statistics

We've compared a few varieties on the AHDB Recommended List 2024/25 and shared some key statistics we think you'll be interested in.

Agronomic features

 Resistance to lodging with PGR (1-9)Height without PGR (cm)Height with PGR (cm)Ripening (days +/- KWS Orwell, -ve = earlier)


 Untreated yield*Treated yield UK*Eastern yield*Western yield*Northern yield*

* % treated control 

Grain quality

 Specific Weight (kg/hl)


(% through 2.25 mm)


(% through 2.5 mm)

Nitrogen content (%)

Hot water extract 

(l deg/kg)


Disease profile

 Mildew (1-9)Brown rust (1-9)Rhynchosporium (1-9)Net blotch (1-9)BaYMV1
Kathryn Hamlen

Breeding Insight

CRAFT is a high yielding winter malting barley with big, bold grain, stiff straw, and a very strong disease profile. CRAFT has Full MBC Approval for Brewing and has strong support from end users. Contracts are widely available.

Kathryn Hamlen

Agronomy Insights

CRAFT has consistent yields across all regions and can be grown anywhere in the UK

CRAFT has red pigmentation and the awns and grain will appear red at and after flowering

CRAFT leads the winter malting barleys in resistance to lodging. It has relatively short untreated straw and responds well to PGRs

It has a resistance rating of at least 6 for all major foliar diseases

Rhynchosporium on Barley


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