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Spring barley 'RASA'


Species: Spring barley

Variety title: Rasa





Maintainer and representative of selection breeders:

Institute of Agricultural Resources and Economics, Stende Research Centre

Authors of the variety:

S.Kaļiņina, A.Cela, G.Timule, I. Belicka, Ē.Metuzāls


Recommended for cultivation since 1996. Registered at the National Plant Variety Catalogue in 2001.

Protection period of the variety:


Morphological description:

Two-row ear, cylinder-shaped, 4.5 - 6.5 cm long, dense (variety erectum). The average stem length is 90 cm.

Economic characteristics:

Early variety, average vegetation period 95 days (4 -5 days earlier than that of ‘Abava’ variety). Good lodging resistance (on average 8 points), productive tillering coefficient 1.8-3.2. Medium-intensive type variety. Potential productivity at the optimum fertilisation does is 5.5 - 6.5 t ha-1.


1,000 grain weight 45-47 g, density 670 g L-1. Total protein content in grains 10.0 - 12.0 %, extractability 78-82 %.

Susceptibility to diseases:

Resistant to loose smut and mildew in field conditions, medium resistance to net blotch.


The grain can be used for malt, food and animal feed.


Early sowing in loam and sandy-loam soils is recommended. Sowing rate 400-450 germinating seeds per m2. If the variety is grown for malt, optimum nitrogen dose in pure substance is 60 kg ha-1, for other types of use - up to 90 t ha-1. Recommended for cultivation either in conventional or biological cultivation systems.

For information:

Māra Bleidere