Six-row hybrid varieties start to knock on the quality door

Belfry tops the winter barley recommended list for yield this year. The six-row hybrid barley has a relative yield score of 108.

Bazooka followed a close second at 107, while Pixel came in at 106 and Quadra, Volume and KWS Kosmos came in at 105.

Relative yield scores:
  • KWS Cassia – 97;
  • KWS Infinity – 99;
  • KWS Kosmos – 105;
  • KWS Tower – 98;
  • Quadra – 105;
  • Volume – 105;
  • Bazooka – 107;
  • Belfry – 108;
  • Pixel – 106.

KWS Kosmos was provisionally recommended in 2018 and made it onto the recommended list this season, while Bazooka, Belfry and Pixel are all new to the provisionally recommended list.

The six-row varieties outperformed on disease resistance and resistance to lodging and the hybrid varieties have come up the ranks in terms of grain quality.

KWS Cassia had the highest KPH on the list at 69.8. It was way ahead of the pack and matched the high KPH score with low screenings (1.9%) and a good TGW (thousand grain weight of 54.7g).

Two hybrid barley varieties followed KWS Cassia as regards quality. Belfry had the next highest KPH at 68.3, while Bazooka stood just under at 68.2. KWS Infinity and Quadra – another hybrid – followed at 68. Tower had the highest TGW at 57.4g.

KPH scores:
  • KWS Cassia – 69.8;
  • KWS Infinity – 68;
  • KWS Kosmos – 66.2;
  • KWS Tower – 67.1;
  • Quadra – 68;
  • Volume – 67;
  • Bazooka – 68.2;
  • Belfry – 68.3;
  • Pixel 67.

TGW values (g):
  • KWS Cassia – 54.7;
  • KWS Infinity – 55.5;
  • KWS Kosmos – 49.3;
  • KWS Tower – 57.4;
  • Quadra – 45.8;
  • Volume – 42.7;
  • Bazooka – 46.8;
  • Belfry – 46.9;
  • Pixel – 46.
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