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Choosing a Winter Wheat

Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Category: Archive

With the cereals harvest just around the corner, and fields days all but completed, farm managers, and agronomists attentions now turn to the task of selecting varieties for their farms and marketing regime. Last year saw 8 new wheat varieties added to the HGCA Recommended list and this year a further 6 have been included.

CHOOSING A WINTER WHEAT VARIETY
With the cereals harvest just around the corner, and fields days all but completed, farm managers, and agronomists attentions now turn to the task of selecting varieties for their farms and marketing regime. Last year saw 8 new wheat varieties added to the HGCA Recommended list and this year a further 6 have been included. The newer varieties in the last 2 years have seen a huge step forward in potential yield, and the task of sifting through the available varieties to find one suitable to the farm is often thankless.
The principles of selection of considering drilling dates, soil types, input regime and end market or end use are still key above and beyond the headline grabbing “Yield”. With the wheat price currently lower than ideal, choosing a potential high variety is required as farmers cannot afford to have low yields, however the variety must suit the farm and the farmers intentions.
Local trials work is useful as a guide to how varieties perform on a regional scale compared to the amalgamated recommended list. Outline below are some of the thoughts on varieties locally from the Pearce Seeds trials results over the years.
Group 1
Skyfall - In 2014 Skyfall was the second highest yielding in Pearce Seeds’ trials. A short, stiff early maturing wheat with good all – round disease resistance including OBWM resistance. Skyfall is now fully approved as a Group 1 milling type.
Group 2
KWS Lili - Very high yields of highly marketable group 2 grain. Excellent disease resistance allowed KWS Lili to retain green leaf area better than many varieties in the very testing 2013-14 season.
Group 3
Britannia - Very high yielding Group 3 wheat approved for domestic and export use. In Pearce Seeds screening trials Britannia was the highest yielding quality wheat 6% above controls Diego and Santiago. A high tillering variety so attention needs to be given to sowing rate. Good second wheat.
Group 4
Anapolis The highest yielding wheat in 2013 and 2014 in Pearce Seeds’ trials. Very high yielding when grown with farm levels of input. Excellent disease resistance including an 8 for Fusarium. Long stiff straw. Ideal for stockman and arable farmer alike.
Reflection - The highest yielding wheat on the HGCA Recommended list and gives its highest regional yield in the West. An ideal first wheat which responds well to inputs. Early to mature and OBWM resistant.
ExSept – A variety that is perfect for the low input regime. An older variety that has exceptional Septoria resistance, so very suited to the high rainfall area of the South West. Ideal for whole crop and organic growers. A good early driller.
Seed dressings are also vitally important along with variety choice. Redigo Deter is fast becoming the standard dressing aiding in protection from slugs and aphids thereby taking the pressure off at a busy time of year. New races of Septoria and Rusts are continually evolving and new and old varieties will be equally susceptible to these new threats, therefore consideration should be given to the additional fungicidal activity that Galmano will contribute. For second wheats Latitude seed dressing is an absolute must.

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