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KWS Cranium

Breeder: KWS Breeder PDF
Type: Hard Feed Pedigree: KWS Crispin x KWS Kielder

Variety Positioning

  • Highest yielding hard feed wheat in Agrii trials over the past two years (104% treated, 83% untreated) with average specific weight and similar strong yield performance in AHDB trials (104% treated, 78% untreated, 75.4 kg/hl).
  • Suitable across the UK (excluding areas of high sterility risk) and all soil types including lighter soils. It can be grown either as a first or second wheat. Unsuitable for early drilling but a good late driller in Agrii trials (104% treated) but still best drilled before the end of December. Its grassweed competitiveness is still being evaluated.
  • Only moderate stem stiffness (6 treated, 8 untreated) so a robust PGR programme is recommended. Late maturity (+5 days) compared with Skyfall and average sprouting resistance (6).
  • Relatively good disease resistance against yellow rust (8) and Septoria tritici (6) but weak against mildew (5) and brown rust (3.4). Moderate resistance to fusarium ear blight (6.5) and resistant to orange wheat blossom midge.

For more detailed Agrii data and the latest disease scores speak to your local seed specialist or Agrii agronomist – details here

Agrii’s John Miles and Kirsty Richards from KWS provide an overview of KWS Cranium:

KWS Cranium | Filmed at Throws Farm, Essex – June 2021


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