New Winter Hooded Barley Selections Ready for Licensing

Oregon State announces releases ready for testing.

Oregon State University announces the release of new winter habit selections of hooded barley for testing and potential licensing.

These selections have the forage yield and quality of "Hoody" plus barley stripe rust resistance, scald resistance,higher grain yield, and better test weight, according to Pat Hayes, head of the OSU barley breeding program.

In order to further develop the market for winter hooded varieties, these selections are offered for testing through a materials transfer agreement with OSU. Interested growers should contact Hayes at (541) 737-5878.

With support from the Oregon Grains Commission, Hayes developed the four selections from a cross of "Kold" and "Hoody" barley varieties.

In preliminary tests, Hayes found that forage yields of the new selections averaged 6.5 tons per acre across locations, not significantly different from Hoody yields (which average 6.2 tons).

However, grain yields averaged 2.2 tons per acre for all four selections, which were significantly higher yields than for Hoody at 1.4 tons.

In addition:

  • Grain test weight averaged 49 pounds per bushel. All but one of the selections had significantly better test weights than Hoody at 45 pounds per bushel.
  • Forage quality parameter values were very similar to Hoody.
  • All selections showed high levels of stripe rust resistance, while Hoody is very susceptible.
  • Some of the selections showed better scald resistance, to which Hoody is very susceptible.
  • All four selections had better leaf rust resistance than Hoody.

For more data, phone Hayes at the number listed above in this story, or on line see barleyworld.org/licensing.php.

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