Hybrid Barley has become a staple for winter barley growers who want to combine high yield and a high-quality harvest.
Seedtech’s Technical Director, Tim O Donovan said, when outlining their range of varieties available to growers for harvest 2020, “Using plant breeding to solve problems is as old as farming but it is increasingly more important as we lose old reliable sprays”.
“For example, we have seen a ‘step-change’ improvement in our Hybrid barley varieties; Belfry and Bazooka, and as the winter barley area increased, more and more farmers find these robust winter barleys so easy to grow,” Tim added.
Newer hybrid barley varieties combine yield and grain quality with an outstanding disease profile, thus stronger straw.
Tim recommends, “From the grower and merchant feedback and looking at the Dept of Agriculture recommended lists, all winter barley growers should consider drilling hybrid barley in 2019”.
Graham winter wheat looked impressive at the open days in Seedtech but also in official trials. “There is huge interest in this variety due to its yield performance but its Graham’s disease profile that has really impressed growers from Louth to Cork in 2019,” said Tim.
“We are very proud to be able to introduce a reliable winter wheat, like Graham, in a time of huge change for winter wheat growers”.
SY Arderin and SY Errigal are the latest spring barleys from Seedtech. Both are strong strawed varieties with very good disease profiles and are suitable for the malt and feed markets.
“Husky remains the most popular and reliable winter/spring oat option, but we have some very high yield disease free oats suitable for animal feed markets also, namely Delfin said Tim”. With the loss of knock-down mildewcides, these varieties become more important as options for growers.
The Seedtech trial grounds hosts an extensive 900 varieties across a range of crops, due to be harvested this autumn. The ultimate focus is to identify the next high potential varieties suitable for the Irish market.