Concerto quickly became the ‘benchmark variety’ for the malting and distilling industry since its introduction in 2009, producing high yields of malting quality grain, suitable for the majority of outlets in the UK.
Concerto has shown a consistency of yield in both seasonal and regional trials data. The variety is relatively tall with good agronomic attributes and its dual use market opportunities, have secured its position on-farm with growers.
Concerto has good physical grain quality with a very high hot water extract and low grain nitrogen. A non-GN producer which has shown high malt extract and spirit yield in commercial bulks, Concerto carries Full Malting Barley Committee (MBC) Approval for brewing & malt distilling.
Although Concerto is now recognised as lower yielding than the newest AHDB RL varieties, Contracts are still available by maltsters for its desirable end use qualities.