Cereal Taxonomy Courses

Seed Certification Branch is responsible for running various courses throughout the year.

Please see course descriptions on the pages below for further information on course content and cost.

Contact Bob Sunter.

Cereal Crop Inspectors Course

The initial course, includes theory and practical sessions, and will last for 4 days. There is a 1-hour test after the completion of the course. 

The course will be limited to 12 participants in order that the full value of the practical demonstration and tuition may be obtained.

A further 2 days of practical work takes place in the Cereal Plots in late June/early July. On the first day there may be a 1-hour refresher on the main taxonomic characters if required. The final day will consist of a 2 hour plot test which will commence at 1030 hours. 

Candidates should bring a penknife, pen or pencil and for the June/July courses adequate waterproof clothing and suitable footwear. 

The cost of the course is currently £618 (VAT exempt).  There is also a fee of £35.60 per species, £71.20 for two species or £96.70 for all three species (VAT exempt) for the plot test.

Contact Bob Sunter.

Barley Grain Identification Course

This is a 2-day course which, will consist of tuition in barley grain characters and practical sessions. Both the tuition and practical sessions will involve using microscopes. 

The course will be based on the identification of barley varieties and detection of varietal impurities using grain characteristics. 

There will be a test on the second afternoon of the course. Candidates who pass are issued with a certificate of competence (normally issued within 10 days).

The course will be limited to 12 participants in order that the full value of the practical demonstration and tuition may be obtained. 

Candidates are issued with a course booklet and a description of the grain characteristics for popular barley varieties. 

Candidates should bring a pen or pencil. 

The cost of the course is currently £240 + VAT

Tea/coffee and lunch are provided.

Contact Bob Sunter.

Barley Grain Identification (REVISION) Course

This is a 1-day course which, will consist of tuition in barley grain characters and practical sessions. Both the tuition and practical sessions will involve using microscopes. 

The course will be based on the identification of barley varieties and detection of varietal impurities using grain characteristics. 

A certificate of attendance is issued to those taking part in the course (normally be issued within 10 days). 

The course will be limited to 12 participants in order that the full value of the practical demonstration and tuition may be obtained. 

Candidates are issued with a course booklet and a description of the grain characteristics for popular barley varieties. 

Candidates should bring a pen or pencil. 

The cost of the course is currently £180 + VAT 

Tea/coffee and lunch are provided.

Contact Bob Sunter.