Agrii - Suitability first in wheat choice

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July 13, 2016

Suitability first in wheat choice

Think suitability for your farm more than anything else in choosing your wheat varieties this autumn, advises Agrii national arable seeds manager, Barry Barker.

“With yield the main driver of cost per tonne and varietal strength the best way of ensuring a consistent yield, agronomic suitability has to be the key priority today,” he insisted. “It enables inputs to be carefully targeted to maximise profitability while minimising risk.

“Group 1 and 2 wheats represent a good 30% of current UK plantings but a fair proportion will never see the inside of a mill. This is because the best quality wheats are increasingly being grown to take advantage of their combination of disease resistance and high yields.

“Our Co-ordinated Growing Systems trials across the country underline the value of these and other important traits like development speed and weed competitiveness under different local challenges. They also highlight the over-riding importance of grain quality – primarily specific weight – for the greatest marketability and, in many cases too, earliness of maturity.”

Against this background, Barry Barker singles out several up-and-coming varieties worth considering for the coming season alongside established recommendations, Skyfall, Crusoe, KWS Lili, JB Diego, Dickens, Reflection, Revelation and Zulu.

KWS Siskin

  • A valuable Group 2 move on from KWS Lili
  • Joint highest yielder in Agrii trials over the past two years
  • Outstanding disease resistance, including a top Septoria tritici rating
  • Good choice for later drilling and black-grass situations

Graham

  • The best all-round hard Group 4 choice
  • Joint highest yielder in Agrii trials over the past two years
  • Outstanding disease resistance, including a top Septoria tritici rating
  • Ideal for early drilling and notably early maturing

Costello

  • A genuine Group 4 replacement for JB Diego with exceptional grain quality
  • Lower yielding than Graham or KWS Siskin
  • Good disease resistance, though not at the Graham or KWS Siskin level
  • Very consistent performer across regions and conditions

RGT Illustrious

  • A welcome Group 1 addition for Crusoe and Skyfall growers
  • Useful improvement in all-round disease resistance
  • Extra protein functionality giving a step-up in bread-making quality
  • Best suited to East and West regions and heavy land