Scottish Recommended List for Cereals 2019/20

Spring barley

Scottish Recommended List for Cereals 2019/20

The new Scottish cereals list includes varieties of spring and winter barley, wheat and oats that are of most agronomic and commercial value to Scottish growers and the cereals sector.

Recommendations are made by SRUC supported by the Scottish Variety Consultative Committee and are based on data collected as part of the AHDB Recommended Lists’ system.

The full data collected and the AHDB Recommended Lists are available on the AHDB website, this includes information on varieties not mentioned on the SRUC list.

Spring barley

Laureate has now overtaken Concerto as the leading malting variety in Scotland. KWS Sassy and Sienna retain a share of the malting market, though well below the intake of the leaders. LG Diablo and RGT Asteroid have potential for different malting uses and are undergoing commercial tests. Fairing retains its place as a grain distilling variety. Several brewing and feed varieties are joined by the high yielding Cosmopolitan.

Spring Oats

Firth, Canyon and Conway remain the market leaders because of their preferred milling qualities. Delfin has high yield potential and Elison is new for spring 2019.

Winter wheat

Scottish growers have plenty of choice when it comes to distilling wheat varieties. Some established varieties are becoming outclassed, with newer varieties LG Sundance, LG Motown, KWS Jackal and Elation strong replacements. LG Skyscraper and LG Spotlight add value to the list as new soft feed and distilling varieties. KWS Extase is a new hard milling wheat with a very high untreated yield.  

Spring wheat

KWS Cochise and Mulika are recommended as milling quality varieties, whilst KWS Talisker and Hexham are new high yielding feed varieties.

Winter barley

LG Mountain, Valerie and LG Flynn are new two-rowed varieties of interest to Scottish growers. Funky and KWS Astaire remain the top choices for conventional six–rowed varieties. The hybrid six–rows maintain a clear yield advantage, with Sunningdale still leading the way. This segment includes two new hybrids, SY Baracooda and SY Kingsbarn.

Winter oats

This crop is dominated by the long established market leaders, Gerald and Dalguise.

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