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07 May 2019



Newly recommended winter and spring cereal varieties with both grower and end market appeal will be displayed by Senova at this year’s Cereals Event.

Joining the company’s existing variety portfolio are Valerie, a two-row winter barley for feed, and the new spring barley Cosmopolitan, which has potential for brewing use.

 Also being featured for the first time since their approval are Hexham, a Group 4 spring wheat with the best performance from late autumn sowing and Elison, a spring oat with very stiff straw.

All four were added to the AHDB Recommended List 2019/20 at the end of last year, with UK-wide suitability. They have become part of the impressive Senova line-up, which includes the top-selling winter wheat variety, Costello.

Valerie, which joins the list with a yield of 102 and the best winter barley grain quality, has given a good performance in all regions of the UK.

As such, it is already in demand with merchants and growers looking for a KWS Cassia replacement, who value its high specific weight and low screenings as well as its 4% yield advantage, better disease resistance and very good standing ability.

Alongside it will be Cosmopolitan on a yield of 106, the highest yielding spring barley with malting potential and the only new one to be recommended this year.

“In Valerie, we have a variety that suits the market and is easy to grow,” says Senova’s commercial director Jeremy Taylor. “Growers need another feed variety with the desired bushel weight of above 70kg/hl, so they have been very pleased with this recommendation.”

A 9 rating for brown rust and 6s for mildew, Rhynchosporium and net blotch are backed up by BaYMV resistance, while it scores an 8 for lodging and -1 for ripening.

“Only Cassia has comparable grain quality, but Valerie brings more yield and better agronomic characteristics as well,” he adds.

Moving to spring barley, he points out that Cosmopolitan’s potential for brewing use means that it will now undergo testing by MBC for approval for this sector.

Agronomically, it combines very high yields with short, stiff straw and good lodging resistance, alongside strong resistance for mildew and a 6 rating for Rhynchosporium.

A grain specific weight of 66.8 kg/hl and screenings in line with other approved malting varieties put it right in contention.

“Cosmopolitan is the only new spring barley variety to make the grade this year, which reflects its strong performance and combination of desirable agronomic and quality characteristics,” says Mr Taylor.

Elison is the only new spring oat variety on the latest Recommended List and stands out for its combination of very high yields and a 9 for resistance to lodging.

It has a better specific weight and lower screenings than last year’s newcomer, Elyann, so it comes along at just the right time for the growing spring oat market.

Elison has been added to the list with a yield of 102, a specific weight of 54.4kg/hl and a kernel content of 74.6%, along with an 8 for mildew.

Hexham, a hard Group 4 spring wheat, brings very high yields of 105 and exceptional performance from autumn sowing. It comes onto the list with the highest yield of any spring wheat when sown late in the autumn and offers an untreated yield of 94.

An excellent lodging score is complemented by strong disease resistance, with a 7 for mildew, a 9 for yellow rust and a 7 for septoria. It has similar ripening to Kilburn.

Hexham also has good grain quality, with a specific weight of 78.7kg/hl.

Visitors to the Cereals Event will find Senova on stand number 425, alongside Just Oats on stand 427.