Tavern Feed Barley

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• Easy care, historical industry standard feed barley
• Consistent, well proven autumn performer on farm
• Awn characteristics may help to protect against bird damage near harvest when autumn sown
• Best in class for straw standing power making it ideally suited for autumn planting


TAVERN is a consistent and reliable performing feed barley variety, bred in the UK by Syngenta and developed in New Zealand in conjunction with Cropmark Seeds Ltd as head licensee and PGG Wrightson Grain (PGW Grain).


TAVERN remains a tried and true reliable yielding variety that farmers trust and turn to year after year. TAVERN performs well from both autumn and spring sowings and produces reliable grain characteristics.

Note: For spring CPT trial data please refer to the 2017/18 FAR CPT booklet as TAVERN was not included in the most recent spring trials.

CPT TAVERN autumn grain quality (4 year mean)




Kernel weight (1000 seed weight) 47 47
Test weight (kg/hl) 63 63
Protein content (%) (N% x 6.25) 11.5 12.9
Screenings (%) 5.9 7.6

TAVERN produces grains with high test weights and low screenings. It consistently produces good grain quality compared to many other cultivars.

Time of drilling

TAVERN is well established as an autumn drilled barley although drilling is not recommended until early May owing to the risk of frost damage during flowering. It can then be drilled through the winter into the spring, although sowing through the coldest weeks of June and July is not recommended especially on heavy soils prone to water logging. It performs consistently in the spring, although on dryland TAVERN performs most reliably from an autumn drilling.

Speed of development

Month planted

Typical heading dates for TAVERN in Canterbury

May Early November
September Early December

TAVERN has intermediate to late maturity at harvest.

Seed rate and tillering characteristics

TAVERN tillers profusely from both autumn and spring drilling timings and target plant populations should be within the standard PGW Grain barley seed rate guidelines.

Soil type, rotation and geography

TAVERN can be planted on all soil types where barley is already grown and can be a first or second-year cereal. As a second-year cereal, barley is generally more take-all tolerant than wheat, however yield will be lower than a first-year barley crop.

Disease resistance

TAVERN shows some susceptibility to all foliar diseases. Considering this disease profile, TAVERN will need a robust fungicide programme in most circumstances. Please contact your local PGW Representative for site specific recommendations.

Disease resistance results:


PGW disease nursery ratings
(9 highly resistant, 1 highly susceptible)

Scald 6
Net blotch 6
Leaf rust 6
Powdery mildew 6

*Indicates resistance is affected by pathogens present (score is an average).

Straw strength and height

TAVERN is a stiff-strawed variety with short to medium height and moderate to good neck strength. Autumn sowings will typically require a plant growth regulator (PGR) investment, especially under irrigation. The actual programme is determined by a combination of local conditions, management and yield potential. As with any cultivar, do not apply if the crop is under any form of stress. Please contact your local PGW Representative for site specific recommendations.