Winter barley growers are spoilt for choice this autumn, with the largest range of varieties on the AHDB Recommended List for some years.
Of the 24 varieties, there are a dozen two-rows, along with the largest range of hybrids ever recommended, with seven to choose from.
Just four years ago, there was only one hybrid, Volume, on the list.
For growers in the North, straw yield and earliness of maturity are as important as yield, while hybrids have proved popular in the East as farmers battle blackgrass.
But what about the South...