Market options: MBC approval for brewing
Soil preference: Suitable for all soil types
Regional positioning: Performs well in all regions
Agronomics: Robust disease profile
Parentage: SY208-56 x SY208-59
Key features: ELECTRUM now has MBC Approval for Brewing and was added to the AHDB Recommended List 2018/19. It is the highest yielding winter malting barley. ELECTRUM delivers an oustanding combination of yield, quality and early maturity. Its new MBC Approval is an important milestone as it continues to have strong interest from end-users.
Key Performance Statistics
We've compared a few varieties on the AHDB Recommended List 2021/22 and shared some key statistics we think you'll be interested in.
Resistance to lodging (1-9)
Height without PGR (cm)
Height with PGR (cm)
Ripening (days +/- KWS Orwell, -ve = earlier)
Treated yield UK*
* % treated control
Specific Weight (kg/hl)
(% through 2.25 mm)
(% through 2.5 mm)
Nitrogen content (%)
Hot water extract
ELECTRUM is the highest yielding winter malting barley with an excellent combination of yield, disease resistance, very early maturity and agronomics. Low screenings, good nitrogen and HWE makes it an attractive variety for the maltster too.
ELECTRUM gains MBC Approval for Brewing
ELECTRUM is the latest malting barley from the Syngenta breeding programme to achieve Full MBC Approval for Brewing for harvest 2021. This is an important milestone for the highest-yielding winter malting barley variety on the AHDB Recommended List. Alongside very early maturity and great agronomics, low screenings, good nitrogen and HWE makes it an attractive variety for the maltster too.
ELECTRUM has the joint earliest ripening date of all winter barleys, equalling the earliest 2-row and Hybrid feed varieties
ELECTRUM will be one of the first to reach all major spray application growth stages
ELECTRUM is a taller variety with early autumn vigour
It has a resistance rating of 6 and above for all major foliar diseases, including a 7 for Brown rust