AFBI Crossnacreevy conducts variety performance trials on all the major cereals, potatoes and major forage species (grasses, clovers & forage maize) used in Northern Ireland, to produce the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Recommended Lists.
These recommended list trials identify the best performing new varieties under local conditions and provide descriptions of their main agronomic and quality characteristics. These tests are conducted at various sites across Northern Ireland and at the Plant Testing Station, Crossnacreevy. AFBI Crossnacreevy, also assesses varieties of new crops that are showing potential for local production.
The information on cereal varieties presented on this website gives the Northern Ireland cereal grower a comprehensive guide to varieties best suited for use within the province.
The information on forage maize varieties presented on this website gives the Northern Ireland forage maize grower a comprehensive guide to varieties best suited for use within the province.
Grass and Clover
These webpages contain the main performance characteristics of the grass and white clover varieties recommended for agricultural use in Northern Ireland. These varieties all provide a higher agronomic performance under local growing conditions than any other tested varieties.
New potato varieties are evaluated in Northern Ireland by the Plant Testing Station, Crossnacreevy, in conjunction with Quality Assurance Branch, in trials conducted to determine their potential for production by local growers and use by processors and consumers.