Openfield’s arable technical manager Duncan Durno says KWS Tardis will have broad appeal for barley growers across the country.
“Obviously its headline figure is the yield but there’s a lot more to KWS Tardis than just that. It’s got a really strong set of features that will make it appeal to all barley growers wherever they are.
“In the East, that yield figure and high specific weight are really going to make it attractive to any feed barley grower, but the variety’s Rhynchosporium score of 7 helps make it a safe bet wherever you are.
“In the West of the country, for example, a strong Rhynchosporium score is important in potentially wetter conditions, but KWS Tardis’, long, tall straw is going to be an added bonus to livestock producers and home-feeders in the region.
“The good thing about KWS Tardis is that its straw length is not at the expense of standing power as it has a strong lodging resistance score too. Its Net Blotch resistance is pretty solid as well.”
The other key feature of the variety is the potential flexibility it will add to rotations, he says.
“With the good oilseed rape crops we generally have in the ground at the moment, this is a crop that could now have a better future in the UK than many were predicting.
“What is increasingly clear, however, is that oilseed rape success depends on having flexibility around sowing date so crops are drilled in the best conditions they can be.
“A strong, reliable and early harvesting winter barley in the rotation is one of the better ways of giving growers the time and space they need to choose the best drilling date possible rather being forced into a narrow number of options.
“Even without rape, such a variety will give you many more management options in your business and the yield, disease resistance and physical features of KWS Tardis makes it the perfect choice for this. I think it’s going to be a really popular variety.”