Syngenta welcomes HGCA Recommended List changes for winter barley

News of changes to HGCA Recommended List procedures for winter barley has been welcomed by Syngenta – as providing positive steps to help UK growers when making informed variety decisions.

“From an overall winter feed barley market perspective, we believe it is fantastic news for growers that they will be able to see new technology tested in a way that more closely represents what is happening on-farm,” Dr James Taylor-Alford of Syngenta explains.

“Looking at hybrid barley, over the last three years we have seen an extra 0.8 t/ha versus conventional varieties when grown on a field scale compared to when grown in small-scale trial plots. We believe these changes to HGCA Recommended List procedures could start to move yields closer towards the real-life field situation whilst maintaining the statistical rigor required from growers to make the right variety choice.

“The changes being made to the protocol are more representative of modern farm practices for fertiliser inputs. And by increasing the number of trials grown for feed rather than malting requirements, this also represents grower practice, since feed is the larger sector of the market.

“Furthermore, we welcome the change of having a single yield target for all winter feed barley varieties to get onto the HGCA Recommended List, rather than a different target for hybrids, as they are grown for the same feed markets.

“Following these changes, Syngenta is pleased to announce that we have asked HGCA to once again include Hyvido® hybrid winter feed barley varieties in the Recommended List process.

“We have an exciting pipeline of Hyvido hybrid winter barley varieties currently in National List trials and once again look forward to Hyvido hybrids participating in the RL.

“Overall, following these changes, we believe our high-performing pipeline of varieties has the opportunity to be shown closer to its true yield potential on the trusted HGCA Recommended List – allowing growers to see what they could achieve on their own land using Hyvido technology,” Dr Taylor-Alford adds.

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