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Guide to Sabbi Southern Cape (Dry Land) Barley Varieties 2012

At present four varieties are released for malting barley production, viz. SSG 564, SabbiErica, SabbiNemesia and S5 (temporary code). Three varieties are currently in their experimental evaluation phase, viz. S6, S9 and S12. The malting characteristics of these varieties differ especially in terms of their dormancy (period from harvesting up to the stage where the barley meets the germination requirements for malting), and for that reason the mixing of these varieties must be prohibited at all costs. It is thus imperative that the different varieties are transported, handled and stored separately.

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Guidelines for the Production of Malting Barley under Irrigation

The effect of different production factors, of which variety choice, planting date, planting density, nitrogen fertilisation and irrigation are the most important, are integratedly reflected in the yield and the quality of the crop. The research programs running in the irrigation areas since 1991 were therefore aimed at identifying the most suitable variety with the optimum planting date, planting density and a nitrogen fertilisation application level that will ensure an economical optimum yield and grain conforming to quality specifications.

From the results obtained from the research program as well as experience from some commercial plantings in this area in the past, the recommendations in the downloadable PDF can serve as guidelines for the production of malting barley.

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Guidelines for Production of Malting Barley in the Southern Cape (Dry Land)

Barley is, after wheat, the most important small grain in South Africa. The cultivation area for malting barley under dryland conditions is at present restricted to a very specific region, viz. the Southern Cape, which stretches from Bot River in the west to Heidelberg in the east.

There are various advantages attached to the arrangement that production of a relatively minor commodity, such as malting barley, is restricted to certain and specific areas. Production is concentrated, which facilitates transport, storage and control. Extension and research are cheaper and facilitated more readily. The single most important disadvantage is, however, that the risk of unpredictable weather conditions cannot be reduced and therefore barley production has also been introduced to the cooler central irrigation areas.

Please refer to in the guidelines, downloadable in PDF format, that discussed the production guidelines of malting barley varieties.

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