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Pearce Seeds has a full range of winter cereals

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Cereals - Winter

Pearce Seeds has a full range of winter cereals.  Please contact the office 01935 811400 for a complete list. 



Crusoe     Cordiale x Gulliver
Good disease scores with excellent Septoria and Yellow rust resistance. Nationally lower yielding but does well in the south west with its good septoria score supporting the yield. Very susceptible to brown rust. A popular proven milling option that consistently demonstrates good protein and quality. Seems to perform better on heavier soils and slightly better in a first wheat position.

Skyfall     C4148 x Hurricane
Giving high yields of quality grain in the South West, with stiff straw and very good all round disease resistance – Needs to be given priority at harvest due to tendency to sprout. It is best suited for sowing after 20th September and should not be sown earlier due to its rapid development. Consider as a high yielding feed in the South West with a 6 for fusarium and 6 for Septoria whilst also offering OWBM resistance. Can be considered as a high yielding feed wheat.

Zyatt     Quarts x Hereford
Newly recommended in 2017 - does well in the west on the NL and this is confirmed in Pearce Seeds 2017 harvest trials giving high yields comparable to feed wheat yields and retaining good disease results this harvest. It has a very good agronomic package with moderate height, stiff straw and medium maturity. Because it is high yielding, nitrogen applications may have to be adjusted to achieve protein specifications. Also performs well as a 2nd wheat and on heavier soils.


KWS Siskin     KWS Sterling x Timaru
Top in Pearce Seeds trials of 2017 harvest, it has a big yield and compares well with feed wheats. A vigorous variety with a relatively fast speed of development. Not suitable for early drilling and best drilled in the main drilling window up until the end of October. Medium to high tillering capacity and seems to be competitive against black-grass. One of the best disease profiles on the list, top resistance for Yellow rust and mildew and with a 6.9 for Septoria makes it a good South West choice.


Bassett     Cassius x Scout
Reasonable for Yellow Rust but weak on Mildew, Septoria tritici and Brown Rust. Has OWBM resistance. KWS Basset gives good grain quality for the biscuit market although a small sector. Suitable across all soil types including both heavy and lighter soils and as a first or second wheat. As it is relatively fast in its speed of development not suitable for early drilling and probably best drilled in the main drilling window through to the end of October.

Elicit     Cassius x Viscount
Elicit, a candidate variety for harvest 2017 is also looking like it will be useful in the biscuit market. Trials suggest that it will have a highly competitive yield and good disease resistance package. Septoria ratings look competitive at 6 and yellow and brown rust are 9 and 7 respectively. The key to success will be grain quality but this too is looking promising. Results from nabim and the attainment of a UKS export rating, will be crucial to commercial success.


Anapolis     Arden x Skelmeje
Anapolis has delivered impressive yields in Pearce trials since 2014. Excellent disease profile with an 8 for fusarium, 6.5 for Septoria and 9 Yellow Rust. Particularly suited to follow maize; very leafy and suits a whole crop position as well. Showing high yields in Pearce 2017 trials. It never made NL but was identified through our own work. Better in a later drilling position – more work is being carried out to look at its position as a second wheat.

JB Diego     3351b2 x Stru2374
First registered in 2008 it is still proving to be popular on farm due to its consistency, yielding well each season. Although more importantly now it needs to be watched for disease pressures. Early to mature with a wide drilling window. Over the years it has been a popular choice as a 2nd wheat but does well as a 1st as well suiting both light and heavy soils. Can be sown from the middle of September onwards.

Olympus     Celebration x DSV 50117
Hard wheat exclusive to Pearce Seeds with good yields. Still showing superb disease scores in our trials this year with Septoria (7.0) and Yellow Rust (8.5). Good grain quality and tall straw it suits both feed wheat and wholecrop options. It has an excellent disease resistance profile with one of the best overall disease packages - compared to other varieties currently on the AHDB recommended list and continues to perform well in our trials. Can be sown from middle of September onwards.


Graham    Premio/Expert
High yielding in the West in particular – attributed to its outstanding disease resistance especially Septoria tritici with a 6.9. The variety exhibits good all-round disease resistance but not resistant to OWBM. Early maturing and moderately tall although stiff. Can be grown across a range of soil types but probably best suited to medium or heavy soils. Suited to early drilling as has slow autumn development but shouldn’t go in before 10th September - performs best as a first wheat.


Shabras     Cassius x Hereford
High yielding and relatively early to mature - gives good yields in a 1st wheat but particularly better in a 2nd wheat position so could be a replacement for Diego in the 2nd wheat position? Good Yellow Rust and Mildew resistance with a 6.2 for Septoria trit. It has moderate resistance to lodging but responds well to growth regulators. Highest performance on medium and light soil types.

Dunston     (Alchemy x Hereford) x Shepherd
Very good resistance to lodging which complement its excellent grain quality, Dunstan has good specific weight whilst its resistance to Septoria is a good 6.5. Came 2nd for yield in Pearce Seeds 2017 trials. Performs across all soils types but less so on lighter soils. Looks useful as a second wheat. Best drilled in main drilling window. However initial results from AHDB suggest that it also performs well in the early drill slot. It is relatively tall. Not resistant OWBM.

Costello     Timaru x W151
Good all round disease; excellent Mildew, Yellow Rust and good Septoria scores. Not the highest yield but has outstanding bushel weight offering highest specific weight on the list and even in a poor year offers the insurance of least variability. Widely seen as a replacement for JB Diego. Performs well across all soil types. Best suited to main drilling window and probably best grown as a first wheat. A medium to high tillering variety. Not resistant to OWBM.

RGT Gravity     (Scout x Oakley) x KWS Santiago
A candidate variety in harvest 2017, now listed Gravity has a very high yield potential and is on course to be a leading variety in the Group 4 hard sector. It has shown consistent yield performance across two years of official trialling - showing good yields as a first wheat, second wheat and also on light, medium and heavy soil types. It has a very aggressive growth habit with strong ground coverage. With OWBM resistance and solid agronomics.

RGT Universe     Cassius x KWS Santiago
RGT Universe performed above any other soft wheat currently on the 2017 Recommended List. In our seed crop the variety seemed to perform vigorously in a late sowing position – competing well with weeds and a difficult seedbed. However, RGT Universe despite yielding 105% of controls did not make the 2018 RL but still looks an interesting variety

winter barley

Sunningdale     Hybrid
Added to RL list 2017/18. Very high yields in all regions. High rhynchosporium resistance. Although performed well in the north on NL it seems to do well in Pearce Seeds south west trials too. Slightly shorter than Bazooka but still tall so like all the hybrids will be effective on helping to reduce black grass. Disease resistance gives overall good scores.

Bazooka     Hybrid
Probably now the most popular hybrid barley with good rhynchosporium resistance and highest standing power rating. Topped Pearce trials in 2016 but lower this year – enforcing the rule that trial data needs to be looked at over a build-up of years. Better grain quality than Volume with a higher specific weight and less screening loss.

Volume     Hybrid
Still high yielding but now lower than Bazooka. Volume has good resistance to Rhynchosporium. The extra vigour of the hybrids along with that ability to ‘scavenge’ for nutrients and moisture seems to enable them to cope with stress situations better, so the greatest advantages of hybrids can be seen on drought prone soils or in 2nd/ 3rd cereal positions.

Funky     Conventional
Six-row winter barley with excellent all-round disease resistance, especially to Rhynchosporium. Coming top of Pearce Seeds trials result in 2017 it looks an interesting variety with high yields but maintains its specific weight. It has very stiff straw – although shorter than the hybrids but with no recorded lodging in treated or untreated trials. Rhynchosporium is the principal disease concern of barley and Funky has shown strong resistance to this and net blotch in trials.

KWS Orwell
Highest yielding two row on the RL list and in Pearce trials for 2017. Short, very stiff straw, with high resistance to lodging and brown rust but susceptible to mildew which needs watching. Resistant to common strains of barley mosaic virus. It performs consistently across all regions of the UK.

KWS Cassia     Conventional
Although not the top yielding variety on the RL list but does well in the south west with one of the best grain quality of the winter barleys with superb specific weight. Sells out every year due to its consistent yields, bold grain and longish stiff straw. Good resistance to brown rust, net blotch and high lodging score but it is susceptible to rhynchosporium and mildew so needs watching. Resistant to common strains of barley mosaic virus.


SU Performer     Hybrid
High yielding with a good disease package and good resistance to lodging. Although it is the AD market that has driven the growth of rye the crop also offers potential as a whole crop alternative for livestock enterprises. Rye is both winter hardy and drought tolerant making it a reliable crop. It also gives early harvest allowing entry into OSR or other break crops. Hybrid rye gives higher DM yields than triticale or wheat particularly on poor soils.

SU Cossani     Hybrid
Exceptionally clean with strong tiller ability in the spring and competitive with weeds, it can be 1-2 days later in maturing then SU Drive. It combines early ear emergence with high yield and robust disease resistance. Optimum time of sowing – mid September to end of October. Potentially can be an effective blackgrass control due to dense and competitive crop structure as well as harvesting before the blackgrass seed is fully mature.

SU Drive     Hybrid
A variety that is best suited to the conventional ensiling time at the milky ripe stage of growth. It is stiff strawed and suitable for a wide range of soil types. It has good disease resistance, especially to Brown Rust, which is important in the South and East of the UK and to rhynchosporium. Low input variety with consistent yields complementing grain and whole crop silage. Very good drought-tolerance.

Although it is the AD market that has driven the growth of rye the crop also offers potential as a whole crop alternative for livestock enterprises. Conventional rye offers growers an alternative to the hybrids – ideal for those requiring competitive winter cover, for farmers that may wish to double crop or need an early cut of silage.

Inspector     Conventional
Gives good yield results under difficult conditions, covering the ground in the winter and with good tillering in the spring - Big grains with high protein content. Conventional rye offers growers an alternative to the hybrids – ideal for those requiring competitive winter cover, for farmers that may wish to double crop or need an early cut of silage. Sowing time depending on soil type 15th of September until beginning of November.

Dukato     Conventional
Medium tall variety with very high yield potential giving very good resistance against mildew, brown rust and rhynchosporium, with good grain quality as well for both the milling and feed market. Medium to tall variety best sown from the middle of September to the end of October or early November.

Bonfire     Conventional Forage
A forage rye variety grown as a winter cover crop for forage or biogas production with very rapid autumn and spring growth, Bonfire provides an earlier sowing window than other varieties. Consequently the risk of nitrogen leaching during the winter months is low. It is very good at converting winter moisture into growth. The early ear emergence of this variety enables early harvesting, helping create good conditions for the following main crop, e.g. maize.


KWS Fido is the highest yielding variety on the AHDB DL 2017/18 and is a popular, established variety on farm. It has longer, but stiff straw and is early to ripen. Fido has a superb specific weight. Triticale is less likely to be grazed by rabbits over winter and is therefore useful when fields are close to woodlands.

Established variety with high specific weight and good protein content. Triticale is less affected than wheat by Take All and it is therefore a favoured crop instead of a third or fourth wheat. It is a relatively long strawed cereal and best suited to drought prone, light yielding sites

AHDB candidate, harvest 2017. High yields, very short, stiff straw and excellent specific weight. It is early to ripen and has a good specific weight and high protein content. Triticale can be sown from late September onwards. It is relatively unresponsive to time of sowing so most of the crop is sown in October and even November.


Top variety in the UK due to its performance on farm and its acceptance in the end market, although it gives moderate yields this is compensated by its high kernel content and specific weight. It has stiff straw with reasonable resistance to Mildew (5) and one of the best available Crown Rust scores (6) of varieties accepted as milling oats.


Campus     Conventional
High yielding, high oil, stiff stems, very vigorous autumn establishment and good all round disease resistance including tolerance to verticillium wilt. A variety which has always been one of the highest yielding varieties in Pearce Seeds trials. A consistent and reliable variety. Campus is also a controlled variety on the AHDB RL.

Barbados     Conventional
This is a high yielding variety combined with strong disease resistance scores of 7 for Light Leaf Spot and Stem Canker helping make it a robust choice. Despite only being on the National List for the north region, it has performed well in Pearce Seeds trials. Barbados suits the early/normal drilling window and has strong resistance to lodging.

DK Secret    Semi Dwarf Hybrid
DK Secret is a semi Dwarf variety which typically grows to 121 cm tall so suits fertile ground where lodging is a risk or on exposed sites which are at risk of high winds. The variety has pod shatter resistance, vigorous establishment and compact autumn growth. DK Secret suits drilling early or in the main drilling window. It suits late drilling only on very fertile favourable sites.

Architect    Hybrid
First restored Hybrid with resistance to Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV) Architect has been added to the UK RL for 2018. This new variety has very high yield potential combined with pod shatter resistance, good disease resistance scores, strong stem stiffness and resistance to lodging. This variety is vigorous to establish and combined with the resistance to TuYV, makes this a very strong hybrid to consider.

Arrow    Hybrid
A new hybrid variety with very high agronomic merit boasting very robust disease resistance scores of 7 for Light Leaf Spot and 8 for Stem Canker and it also has pod shatter resistance. These traits combine to make a very attractive hybrid variety.

DK Platinium    Clubroot Resistant Hybrid
Clubroot resistance combined with Pod Shatter resistance and good autumn establishment. This variety has a medium autumn growth habit which makes it suitable for early drilling to early September.
*Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that the Clubroot resistance will protect against all pathotypes of clubroot present in UK soils. Other cultural control measures should be taken where Clubroot is a problem such as maintaining the soil pH and ensuring good soil structure.

DK Imperial CL    Clearfield Hybrid
A high yielding Clearfield variety, DK Imperial CL combines vigorous autumn growth with pod shatter resistance and strong disease resistance scores. This variety will perform if drilling is delayed or conditions are less than ideal. Like DK Exalte, DK Imperial CL has double phoma resistance giving impressive resistance to Stem Canker

Veritas CL    Clearfield Hybrid
Veritas CL is a Clearfield variety which has very strong disease resistance. It carries the RL 7 gene giving it very strong resistance to Stem Canker which scores an 8 combined with a Light Leaf Spot score of 7, making it a robust variety. Veritas CL also has very good tolerance to drought and pod shatter resistance.

Pheonix CL    Clearfield Hybrid
A new variety from DSV, this variety has a very high oil content combined with very strong autumn vigour and good disease resistance scores; 7 for Stem Canker and 6 for Light Leaf Spot. The variety also has pod shatter resistance which can help reduce the risk of seed loss if harvesting is delayed.


Bumble boasts a very high thousand seed weight which combined with very high yield potential, makes it a variety worth considering. Early to mature with moderate length straw, Bumble is suitable for export, for use in splitting and falafel, as well as for the animal feed market.

Tundra is a very high yielding winter bean with Pale skin, pale hilum and good standing ability at harvest. It has short straw as well as very good protein content, suitable to the premium export markets for human consumption.

Pearce Seeds also have further varieties available, including Alchemy, Cordial, Santiago, Panarama,  JB Diego, and Solistice.  For full availability please contact the office direct.





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