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Variety selection for 2016

Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Category: Cereal News

Article by Matt Olifent

Variety selection for 2016

With harvest just around the corner and your crops still in the field, the jury is still out on how the top varieties will perform in terms of yield. This however does not mean that variety choice for this autumns sowing should be postponed.

Along with the usual disease pressure from Septoria some Recommended List varieties have succumbed to yellow rust which has been observed on farm and at our trials farm near Sturminster Newton. From the information gathered, better decisions can be made going forward for the 2016/17 season where disease resistance has not reached expectations.

The Pearce Seeds Trials Farm produces information and helps judge varieties old and new and will give you the ability to choose a real South West performing crop. There is a definite disease spread on the plots at the Trials Farm, with a handful of outstanding varieties proving their true inherent worth, which can bee seen in the untreated plots. The three front runners are Anapolis, KWS Siskin and KWS Crispin. Information on these varieties and how they performed is readily available if you contact Pearce Seeds.

It’s a similar story with the winter barley varieties, with the hybrids looking very strong in the second cereal trial. With a continued and growing interest in hybrid barley, current thinking is that they are extremely likely to run short this year. To avoid disappointment, book these early.

When choosing a seed dressing Redigo Deter can provide relative protection from slugs, aphids and along with the required disease protection it should be considered to give crops a good start. Please be aware though, that demand for Redigo Deter is increasing and the current thought from suppliers is that it may run short. So once again, get your order in early.

Oilseed Rape faces a lot of challenges during its 10 – 11 month growing period and the first question when choosing an Oilseed Rape variety is whether to grow a hybrid or a conventional variety. Yield potential of both are very similar but whatever the choice, a variety with excellent early vigour should be chosen so that it establishes itself as quickly as possible.

Campus (conventional) and SY Harnas (hybrid) have both proven themselves as varieties with good early vigour. Campus was also the most widely sown conventional variety in 2015 and along with stiff stems and a high resistance to lodging, it is defiantly a variety to consider for this autumn.

Clearfield varieties should be considered where there are difficulties in controlling weeds, such as charlock and hedge mustard. Other traits to look for when choosing a variety include resistance to disease and crop height. Semi dwarf varieties can be up to 20 – 30 cm shorter than standard varieties. Pod shatter resistance is also a trait which some varieties carry.

When choosing what variety to grow, make sure that all variety traits available are looked at so that the best variety can be grown.

 

Article by Matt Olifent

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