AHDB has launched the web version of the Beneficial Lists for cereals and oilseeds (RL) 2024/25, which is “leaner and meaner” than earlier years.

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With fewer new varieties added than in recent times, the newest version has shorter lists for many main crops and options a number of eye-catching new additions, together with the primary BYDV-tolerant six-row hybrid winter barley, the primary new UKFM Group 1 winter wheat since 2017 and a ‘barn-filling’ Group 3 winter wheat.

RL 2024/25 additionally options many enhancements to the tables, following suggestions from the RL assessment, in addition to info on verticillium stem stripe resistance in oilseed rape for the primary time.

Paul Gosling, who manages the RL at AHDB, mentioned: “The RL assessment has already resulted in quite a few modifications to the lists. This 12 months’s leaner lists shall be welcomed by many. Nonetheless, high quality stays excessive, with a number of thrilling new additions.”

Barley lists

The winter barley checklist has two new varieties. SY Buzzard is the primary six-row hybrid with tolerance to BYDV, which shall be of explicit curiosity to growers who need to keep away from insecticide use. It additionally has comparatively good resistance to lodging, though it’s decrease yielding than different six-row hybrids. Two-row feed selection LG Capitol has excessive handled and untreated yields, with illness resistance package deal.

The spring barley checklist has six new varieties, all below analysis for malting by the Malting Barley Committee (MBC): three for brewing solely, two for brewing and malt distilling and one for malt distilling solely. The checklist now makes it simpler to determine which varieties have full MBC approval or are below take a look at.

When it comes to yield, particularly within the East area, Bounty1 (from Agrovista) is the standout addition. Beneath take a look at for brewing solely, it presents good illness and lodging resistance. NOS Gambit (from Senova) and LG Aquarius, additionally below take a look at for brewing solely, are decrease yielding than Bounty, though illness resistance and standing are good. 

Beneath take a look at for each brewing and malt distilling are Belter (from Agrii) and Olsen (from Limagrain) that characteristic handled and untreated yields above the present market leaders. NOS Munro (from Senova) is below take a look at for malt distilling solely and is excessive yielding within the North. 

Whereas the brand new additions supply enhancements in yield and/or illness resistance in contrast with the present market leaders (RGT Planet and Laureate), the market is hard to interrupt into they usually should fail to realize full MBC approval.

Wheat lists

The winter wheat checklist has 5 new varieties. 

SY Cheer is the primary provisional UKFM Group 1 selection since 2017, with its comparatively excessive untreated yield and good resistance to rusts standout options. UKFM will affirm its Group 1 classification in March 2024. Nonetheless, baking high quality take a look at outcomes have been good thus far, which incorporates good gluten energy.

The checklist additionally options two new advisable UKFM Group 3 varieties. Bamford (from Elsoms) has very excessive handled and untreated yields, which match as much as the most effective Group 4 varieties, and good illness resistance and grain high quality. With approval for distilling and export, it might appeal to good curiosity from growers.

Almara (from Senova) is advisable just for the North area, the place it has good handled (based mostly on restricted knowledge) and untreated yields. It has approval for export. Its beneficial distilling report marked it out as selection for this area.

The one new Group 4 tender selection is Blackstone (from Elsoms), with good illness and lodging resistance and untreated yield. It additionally obtained a beneficial distilling report and its excessive particular weight presents reassurance to feed growers.

The one laborious Group 4 selection added is LG Beowulf. With constant excessive yields (throughout areas), excessive untreated yields, resistance to lodging and good grain high quality, it provides energy to this already sturdy group. 

The spring wheat checklist has two new varieties. UKFM Group 2 WPB Mylo (from LSPB) is a brief selection with good illness resistance. SEW19-3003SW2 is a really high-yielding laborious Group 4 selection with good illness resistance and excessive particular weight. 

Winter oilseed rape checklist

The winter oilseed rape checklist options info on verticillium stem stripe resistance for the primary time. Varieties are rated as both prone, reasonably resistant or intermediate. These rated as reasonably resistant are considerably completely different to these rated as prone. Nonetheless, knowledge is at present restricted for many varieties. The necessity for this illness knowledge was recognized within the earlier RL assessment and is the end result of practically a decade’s value of analysis funding. 

Phoma stem canker rankings have been ‘reset’ to right a drift within the rankings over latest years. In consequence, rankings have typically fallen. Nonetheless, this doesn’t replicate a change in varietal resistance reasonably enhancements to the score calculation course of.

The three new UK-recommended hybrid varieties – LG Armada, LG Tutorial and LG Adeline – have excessive yields and good illness resistance, together with resistance to TuYV. They don’t at present have a verticillium score.

Beneficial for the East/West area, hybrid selection Dolphin (from DSV) has a excessive yield. It has good illness resistance and is one in every of solely seven varieties to be rated as reasonably proof against verticillium.

A brand new UK-recommended typical selection Pi Pinnacle (from Grainseed) has significantly good yields within the East/West area and good mild leaf spot resistance. Miraculix CL (from DSV) is a brand new Clearfield® selection for the North area, the place it has comparatively excessive yields.

This checklist has been reorganised to group the varieties by kind (reasonably than by area) in response to suggestions in the course of the RL assessment.

Oats lists

The spring oats checklist options two new varieties. Husked selection Asterion (from Saaten Union) presents good handled and untreated yields, good illness resistance and excessive kernel content material. Ovation (from Senova) is a brand new described bare oat, notable for its comparatively excessive untreated yield. As soon as once more, there are not any new winter oat varieties.

Record enhancements

Subsequent 12 months is the 80-year anniversary of the primary advisable checklist and the RL continues to evolve to fulfill the altering wants of farmers.

In response to suggestions from the newest RL assessment, the web tables characteristic quite a few enhancements to assist farmers navigate the lists.

The RL app additionally features a new characteristic to permit a side-by-side comparability of sorts. The app shall be up to date in January with RL 2024/25 knowledge.

The RL archive now additionally includes a device to assist customers determine the 12 months when varieties had been first and final listed.

The RL booklet, due out in January, may even characteristic main modifications to the desk designs and intensive details about the RL trial and the advice processes.

Two requires scoping evaluations have additionally been issued to look at proof of varietal responses below lower-input eventualities (nitrogen and fungicides, respectively).

Paul mentioned: “Some suggestions from the RL assessment might be rapidly utilized, some will take longer or not be sensible or inexpensive. We’re additionally taking a look at methods to maximise the worth of RL knowledge already collected to offer new varietal insights. Regardless of the subsequent steps, we are going to preserve customers of the RL knowledgeable about main developments.”

View the RL right here: ahdb.org.uk/rl

For full evaluation of the brand new RL, take a look at the January subject of Farmers Information.


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