One of the first crops of the six row BYDV tolerant winter barley, Rafaela, has been harvested in Cornwall with very pleasing results.
The 6 ha field, that followed spring oats, was harvested on the 9th July at 4.50pm at Howton Farm in Saltash, Cornwall and yielded 8.15t/ha with a specific weight of 66kg/hl.
Grower, John Moss believes that the BYDV tolerance definitely kicked in and protected yields. “We thought it would be worth trying Rafaela as we are in a BYDV hot spot – and despite the high BYDV pressure it’s proved its worth – so we’ll definitely be putting some more in next year.”
“It’s been a super looking crop all the way through, tall and stood well, although we didn’t get as much straw off it as we would have liked.”