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Scottish cereal farmers call for spring barley competition

Scottish cereal farmers call for spring barley competition

Scottish cereal growers are working with ADAS on adding a new spring barley category to the national yield competition– the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN). At the inaugural meeting of the Scottish YEN Growers Group – funded and facilitated by AHDB – the members discussed how a new spring barley category, which focused on grain quality […]

Barley scientists discover path to improved grain quality

Barley scientists discover path to improved grain quality

Scientists from the International Barley Hub have discovered a genetic pathway to improved barley grain size and uniformity, a finding which may help breeders develop future varieties suited to the needs of growers and distillers. In the latest issue of Nature Communications, cereal genetics researchers working with Professor Robbie Waugh and Dr Sarah McKim, at […]

66,000t of barley heads for Saudi Arabia in UK’s largest export

66,000t of barley heads for Saudi Arabia in UK’s largest export

  Believed to be the largest shipment of barley loaded out of the UK, the Panamax-class vessel m/v Great Dragon 9 sailed for Saudi Arabia on the 2nd December with an expected passage time of 21 days via the Suez Canal. Using over 250 farmer and merchant suppliers, intake by road peaked at 8500t per […]

Maris Otter goes to Parliament

Maris Otter goes to Parliament

Robin Appel and Mark Banham celebrated the 50th anniversary of their revered Maris Otter barley variety at a tasting of past Champion Beers of Britain at the Houses of Parliament. Seven of the most recent Champion Beers of Britain, between 2000 and 2014, have been brewed with Maris Otter, and 2015 sees a raft of […]

Openfield loads 50,000 tonnes of barley for Saudi Arabia

Openfield loads 50,000 tonnes of barley for Saudi Arabia

Increased plantings in Autumn 2012 and Spring 2013 has left the UK with a larger than average surplus to export throughout the 2013-14 marketing year. Some of this season’s UK barley surplus has already been shipped to North Africa, principally Tunisia and Libya, but direct sales to Saudi Arabia are a rarity given the Kingdom’s […]

SRUC experts warn farmers of high disease risk to spring barley

After finding that in some regions nearly 50% of the seeds are infected with at least one strain of fungal disease they are stressing that farmers in all regions should get their seeds tested and treated to minimise the risk. Very high concentrations of fungal diseases such as Fusarium and Microdochium have been found in […]

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