Initial AHDB recommended lists trials reveal winter barley is currently yielding around 0.5 t/ha below the national five year average.
Winter barley harvest results 2016
|2012-16 average||2016 average||Croft on Tees, North Yorkshire||Welbourn, Lincolnshire||Cowlinge, Suffolk|
|KWS Glacier (C)||103||101||100||101||102|
|KWS Meridian (C)||103||106||105||106||107|
|SY Venture (C)||96||96||102||92||94|
|KWS Creswell (candidate)||103||99||97||105||97|
Source: AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds
Harvest results have started to come in from AHDB Recommended Lists (RL) trials in north Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk.
So far, the overall yield average of 8.85 t/ha (3.6t/acre) for 2016 is down on the five year average of 9.32 t/ha (3.8/acre).
Looking at the annual trends, the average yield is lower than 2014 and 2015, but up on 2012 and 2013.
In 2016, the six-row feed varieties are topping the yield tables with hybrids Belfry and Bazooka.
Bazooka has also performed best based on the five-year average, achieving 109 per cent.
The two-row feed variety KWS Orwell, which is the highest yielding two-row on the current RL, has achieved 106 per cent, with Surge performing well at 104 per cent.