New maltiing varieties: Sloop and Picola

Sloop And Picola


  • agronomically similar to Schooner
  • mid-season, malting quality barley, well adapted to a wide range of south-eastern Australian environments
  • maximum potential yields and probability of achieving malting classification will be improved if Sloop is sown early
  • slightly improved straw strength, improved resistance to head loss compared to Schooner
  • moderately tolerant to boron-toxic soils; for manganese-deficient soils it is recommended to use manganese-enriched seed, nutrient seed coatings and manganese foliar sprays
  • moderately susceptible to powdery mildew; susceptible to leaf rust; slightly more susceptible to leaf scald and the spot form of net blotch than Schooner; susceptible to CCN
  • similar yield to Schooner
  • grain weight and plumpness similar to Schooner, superior to Franklin
  • much improved malt quality compared to SchoonerSloop is higher in diastase and fermentability, similar in extract and lower in malt and wort beta-glucan


  • tall malting barley with moderately plump grain size
  • can be prone to head loss
  • suitable for medium- to high-rainfall districts in north-eastern and southern Victoria as an alternative to Parwan
  • mid-season maturity 10-14 days earlier than Franklin, and similar to Parwan and Arapiles
  • optimum sowing time from mid-May to mid-June
  • in north-eastern Victorian trials, average yields of Picola were 3 per cent higher than Parwan and 4 per cent above Schooner
  • Picola has an advantage over Franklin in sub-optimal conditions, such as waterlogging. In early-sowing situations, with well-drained soils, Franklin will be higher-yielding
  • tolerant to a selection of post-emergent herbicides
  • moderately resistant to the spot form of net blotch (both Franklin and Parwan are quite susceptible); moderately susceptible to scald (similar to Schooner, Arapiles and Parwan, not as resistant as Franklin); susceptible to CCN and barley yellow dwarf virus.

Region North, South, West