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Variety Sustainability Ratings

A new way of choosing the right seed

A Sustainable Approach to Seed Selection

In 2020 we introduced Variety Sustainability Ratings into the Agrii Advisory List.

Using this data, we can help you to select the most technically appropriate variety for your farm, tailored to your specific needs – helping you to reduce risk, increase efficiency and maximise the potential of your crop.

As well as helping individual growers in their variety selection, these sustainability ratings form part of a concerted effort to improve the sustainability of UK arable production as a whole.

They raise the technical bar of selecting varieties to a new level.

The Variety Sustainability Ratings provide an unbiased way of comparing the overall robustness and resilience of varieties.

Through collating and analysing ‘real-time’ data, they help us to answer the following questions:

  • Are the varieties technically robust?
  • Which varieties offer consistent yields and quality and reduce agronomic risk?
  • Do they provide the flexibility to use crop protection products more efficiently?


Scores are also added for traits which reduce pesticide usage in the crop, e.g. wheat orange blossom midge, BYDV, TuYV and pod shatter resistance

The Agrii trend is to choose varieties with a high VSR:

Raising the Bar on Variety Selection

Colin Lloyd, Head of Agronomy in our technical team examines variety choice in the context of sustainability and more specifically our variety sustainability rating.

How our Variety Sustainability Ratings are calculated

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