Merlin spring oat contends with market leaders

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Merlin spring oats , added to the Recommended List in 2021, is performing well in the field and it’s looking increasingly attractive to millers. Crucially, it has a leg up over market leaders because it can be grown throughout the UK, even the wetter areas, due to its early ripening.

It’s early to ripen, clean, it has good straw strength, and has a very good quality. I’ve got nothing bad to say about it,” he says. 

Agrii is backing the variety and David Leaper, seed technical specialist, says Merlin has performed well in this year’s trials.  

“Merlin has held its own this year in treated and untreated trials. Essentially its consistent, high yielding, good quality, with early maturity and has strong disease resistance.”

Merlin produces high yielding, high quality oats when grown either conventionally or organically. It has the lowest screening losses of any spring oat variety, outstanding disease resistance, including an 8 for mildew, and is early to mature. 

Skye Van Heyzen, product manager at Agrii, says Merlin has always looked great in the field. “It performs as well as the other market leading varieties and that’s why we back it.

“What sets it apart is the early ripening, and ability to still produce good yields and specification, which makes it suitable for many regions in the UK.

Farmers are looking for a variety that’s consistent in the field, they want an oat they can easily manage, and this is where Merlin excels,” he adds. 

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