Whether a first-time attendee or someone more skilled looking for a refresher, our team of experienced tutors will fit the course to you: from basic morphological structure identification to more advanced character recognition. The course covers all winter and spring barley varieties on the AHDB Recommended List as well as some on the National List and Common Catalogue that may also be commercially grown and traded.
Delegates have the choice of a voluntary assessment, with a certificate of competence awarded to everyone who passes. A course booklet and variety description sheets will also be issued, and course equipment will be available to purchase on the day.
The course will also make use of NIAB’s unique interactive web-based variety identification programme barley-id. A subscription-based tool available to the agricultural industry it has been developed to help identify barley variety samples correctly and quickly and is useful for both assisting in variety identification and as a training tool.
Syllabus topics as follows:
Classroom module 1 (half day) –
- Introduction – morphological characters of the barley grain
- Practical study – the grain characters used for identifyingbarley varieties, including new varieties added to the latest Recommended List
- Detailed examination of the ears and seed of five named varieties, to examine the effects of threshing on grain
Classroom module 2 (half day) –
- Malting varieties – balancing the needs of the grower with the needs of the malting industries
- Practical study – identification of barley grain continued
- Practical study – assessment of threshed grain samples including the new varieties
Trainers are accredited by ARTIS
Participants receive an ARTIS Accredited Certificate