All that Yields is not Gold

Before rushing out to buy your oat seed for this autumn based on the Farmers Weekly piece “Three New Oat Varieties for Farmers to Try” look beyond the headlines at the data provided in the HGCA recommended List for oats.  Whilst Rhapsody does have a higher yield that Mascani both the Kernel Content and Hullability scores are well below Mascani.  The same is true for the new spring variety Monaco which again scores poorly for both Kernel Content and Hullability against a well tested variety such as Firth.    Monaco also has a very poor mildew score which may become of more importance as growers move oats further forward in their rotation.

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