August 1, 2014
Opportunity knocks for different breadwheats
With this season’s disease problems looking certain to be a big nail in the coffin for long-time breadwheat bedrock, Solstice across large parts of the country, international wheat consultant Bill Angus urges growers to keep their eyes peeled for particular quality wheat growing opportunities in the coming season.
Speaking at the AgriiFocus summer event, he pointed out there was a major migration away from Group 1 wheats when Hereward finally fell out of favour, opening up valuable opportunities for those prepared to buck the trend; opportunities which look like being even greater today with the degree to which feed wheats have come to dominate plantings in recent years.
“Crusoe is definitely filling part of the gap in the market left by Solstice,” Bill Angus agreed. “But millers are very wary of being dependent on a single variety. At the same time, with all its plus points, Skyfall still has to be confirmed as a Group 1 by Nabim.
“Under these circumstances, there are a couple of particular additional options I’d be considering for this autumn. Both are well-suited to either late autumn or spring sowing, giving time to weigh-up the market opportunities as well as valuable extra leeway for black-grass control and the best possible chance of achieving top milling premium specifications.
“Xi19 may have fallen out of favour with many as newer varieties have emerged, but it is very much a known quantity for producers and millers alike. It performs especially well from November or even later sowings. What’s more, it’s one of the only winter wheats that can be safely sown well into March.
“Among spring wheats, Mulika has something special. It stands alongside Paragon for its Group 1 quality while out-yielding it by not far short of 10% on the Recommended List from both late-autumn and spring drilling. Again, it provides millers with something different that they can’t generally get much of. This makes it highly marketable.”