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Identification of barley varieties from the grain
Designed for
Anyone involved in the barley industry, whether breeding, buying, trading or processing, who needs to be able to recognise the morphological characters that positively identify barley varieties from a grain sample, with particular attention to the effects of threshing on the grain
Entry requirement
This course is suitable for all levels of experience (i.e. Awareness of the subject matter recommended, Able to demonstrate practical experience and Accomplished practitioner)
Dates and locations
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£250 + VAT
A one day classroom-based course
CPD points
To be awarded
Sally Rule, Technical Specialist, NIAB

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