The field inspections for seed certification of cereals, hybrid maize, grain legumes, red clover and forage grasses were carried out on 8‘945 ha in 2000. In cereals 92,5% of the registered area was admitted during field inspection, 2,1% was refused and 5.4% was withdrawn from field inspection. Hail damage, presence of other cereals, and varietal impurities were the most important factors for rejection and withdrawal. The most important variety of winter wheat was still Arina (44%), followed by Galaxie (15%), Runal and Titlis (11%). In winter barley the six-row varieties Plaisant (28%) and Lyric (24%) and the two-row cultivars Baretta (55%) and Jasmin (35%) were dominant. 94% of the admitted area was produced according to the rules of integrated farming systems and 2,6% according to the rules of organic farming.
Tall oat grass and golden oat grass are typical hay-meadow grasses that are also suitable for forage mixtures. Of the four tall and three golden oat grass varieties tested, only one new variety of tall oat grass is likely to make it onto the List of Recommended Varieties.
Stevenel P., Wendling M., Brabant C., Suss H., Savoyat C., Dierauer H., Mascher F., Charles R.
FiBL and Agroscope investigated bread wheat varieties to determine their yield and quality stability. The results show that the choice of variety must be adapted to the site and that high yield potential does not go hand-in-hand with a high protein content.
Adapted and high-yielding varieties of forage plants are important for Switzerland as a grassland country. Hybrid ryegrass is a versatile forage grass that, thanks to breeding advances, has become even more persistent, disease-resistant and high-yielding over the past 30 years.