CRBA 148 Barley impresses in trials and on-farm

Chris Morrish:  Reinforcing what FAR trials found, Chris Morrish found CRBA 148 an easy crop to grow with high yields and minimal inputs.

Chris Morrish: Reinforcing what FAR trials found, Chris Morrish found CRBA 148 an easy crop to grow with high yields and minimal inputs.

After four years of Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) trials, Luisetti Seed’s spring-sown feed barley CRBA 148 is proving to be a consistently top performer in yield and test weight.

The barley was trialled by FAR on two dryland sites in the Manawatu, three irrigated and one dryland site in Canterbury and two dryland sites in Southland. Over the four years, CRBA 148 demonstrated its versatility by being amongst the top yielding spring-sown barleys across all sites.

CRBA 148’s test weight, which is an indication of grain density, ranged from 63 kilograms per hectolitre (kg/hl) to 65kg/hl, which was amongst the highest of the 15 cultivars tested.

Screenings were amongst the lowest, ranging from just 2.4% to 2.6%.

CRBA 148 is a medium to tall cultivar with moderate straw strength and intermediate maturity. The barley is resistant to powdery mildew and net blotch and is only moderately susceptible to scald and leaf rust.

Springston-based grower Chris Morrish grew CRBA 148 last year and says he will be growing it again.

He found it a very easy crop to grow, requiring only minimal inputs. CRBA 148 stood up to disease pressure with a standard fungicide programme and a small quantity of Plant Growth Regulator meant there was no lodging.

Chris says the season meant he didn’t have to irrigate the crop at all and despite the lack of inputs, the crop yielded 11 tonnes per hectare.

In Europe, CRBA 148 is called Gangway and has been very successful. In Ireland it is the number one variety and it is very popular as a malting barley throughout Europe because it is almost completely resistant to skinning.

CRBA 148 can be sown anytime from July through until early October.

To maximise your spring barley returns this year, talk to your Luisetti Seeds agronomist about sowing CRBA 148 this spring.