12th September 2022

Poll positions across the 2019/20 AHDB Recommended List for Limagrain’s varieties

Poll positions across the 2019/20 AHDB Recommended List for Limagrain’s varieties



Want to find out more about some of the highest yielding cereals and oilseed rape varieties on the 2019/20 AHDB Recommended List? Then visit the Limagrain stand at this year’s Cereals Event, where breeders and arable experts will be on hand to answer any variety questions.

Limagrain’s soft wheat; LG Skyscraper, takes the prime position as the highest yielding wheat, with LG Spotlight sitting just behind. Oilseed rape, Aspire, sits at the top of the UK OSR Recommendations, based on its very high gross output, and winter barleys’, LG Flynn and LG Mountain, share the top position in the 2-row section.

Offering the unique genetic traits of both Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) and Barley Yellow Mosaic Virus tolerance (BaYMV), is 6-row winter barley; Rafaela.

“We are delighted that our focus on bringing high yielding varieties with additional traits, attractive to UK growers and end-use markets across the cropping sector, has come to fruition,” says Limagrain’s arable technical manager; Ron Granger.

Winter wheat; LG Skyscraper, tops the wheat table with a yield of 106%; 2% higher than hard wheats; RGT Gravity and Gleam, and offers grain quality characteristics of a large grain, combined with a good Hagberg falling number of 221 and a high specific weight of 77.2kg/hl, and is rated positive for distilling.

LG Skyscraper has a range of additional traits attractive to all feed wheat growers such as; a good disease resistance profile, early maturity and OWBM resistance. The variety’s good tillering and quicker growth in the spring, combined with its taller and larger biomass, can be beneficial in a black-grass situation.

LG Spotlight is a very high yielding soft feed wheat (104%), with exceptional grain quality. It has the highest Hagberg falling number of any soft wheat on the RL, approaching 300, with an excellent specific weight of 78.3kg/hl, offering sprouting resistance and suitability for distilling. LG Spotlight stands well and is OWBM resistant.


At the very top of the AHDB oilseed rape Recommended List for 2019/20, sits Aspire, with a UK gross output of 104%.

This conventional winter oilseed rape takes the leading position as the variety with the highest gross output for the east, west and northern regions, based on its high seed yield and high oil content of 45.8%.

Aspire also offers Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV) resistance – the first time that a UK Recommended variety has offered both high yields and TuYV resistance. With good all round disease resistance, a 7 for light leaf spot, a 6 for phoma and good tolerance of Verticillium wilt, this should make Aspire the first choice variety for early drilling.


New OSR Candidates breaking the yield barrier

Limagrain has two very high yielding hybrid Candidates that are setting a new benchmark for OSR performance in the UK, whilst also offering resistance to TuYV and pod shatter.


Type TuYV resistance Gross output UK Gross output E/W Gross output North
Aurelia RH Yes 107.4 108.9 103.4
Ambassador RH Yes 106.7 109.5 98.3
Artemis RH Yes 106 108
Aardvark Conv No 106 107 106
Acacia Conv No 109 110 106


LG Mountain is one of the highest yielding 2-row feed barley varieties available, at 104%, with a good all-round resistance profile combined with early maturity and BaYMV resistance.

“This barley represents a significant step forward in yield for 2-row barley varieties, over other commercial varieties, says senior breeder; Mark Glew. “We are really pleased with the consistency of yield over seasons and regions, and in treated and untreated trials – particularly in the east (105%) and north (105%).”

LG Mountain has good grain quality attributes, with a very good specific weight at 68.9kg/hl – similar to KWS Glacier, and is early to mature, which is valuable for growers looking to get an earlier harvest for WOSR establishment.

LG Flynn’s UK fungicide treated performance is 104%, against 103% for KWS Orwell, and is 6% over KWS Cassia’s 98%. The variety offers good straw strength, with a strong disease resistance package – including a 6 against Rhynchosporium and a 6 for Net Blotch.

“The standout attribute of LG Flynn is its high specific weight; at 69.8kg/hl, it has one of the highest specific weights available, similar to KWS Cassia, with low screening scores,” explains Mark Glew.

New BYDV tolerant Rafaela, is a 6-row conventional winter barley which also offers BaYMV tolerance.  The variety has very early spring development, a large plant canopy, tall straw and competes extremely well in the fight against black-grass.

There will be a prize draw to win 20ha of LG Spotlight or Aspire seed – visit the stand to find out more.

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