Group 1 - C4148 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 7 for fusarium and 6 for Septoria whilst also offering OWBM resistance.
Group 1 Quartz X Hereford
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.
Group 2 - KWS Sterling x Timaru
KWS Siskin 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 6.8 for septoria makes it a good South West choice.
Group 2 - Boisseau x Solheio
Newly recommended in 2019 and is an early maturing and has excellent protein and grain quality, a medium height stiff strawed variety. Has the highest Septoria resistance score on the RL at 8.1 and has a good combination of resistance to yellow and brown rust and also a good resistance to FusariumKWS Firefly Group 3 Cougar x KWS Rowan
Newly recommended in 2019 and has the highest untreated yield of the group 3 wheats. A short variety with stiff straw. OWBM resistant with a Septoria resistance of 7.0.
Group 4 - Arden x Skelmeje
Anapolis has delivered impressive yields in Pearce Seeds trials since 2014. Excellent disease profile with an 8 for fusarium, it is particularly suited to follow maize; very leafy and suits a whole crop position as well. Good over all disease scoring and high yields in Pearce 2018 trials with a 6.5 for Septoria and 9 Yellow Rust. It never made NL but was identified through Pearce seeds own trial work as a variety that would suit our after maize demand choice for feed wheat. Better in a later drilling position.
Group 4 - Celebration x DSV 50117
Hard wheat exclusive to Pearce Seeds with the highest yields both treated and the highest untreated in our 2018 trials, it was also the highest yielding 2nd wheat in our trials. Still showing superb disease scores in Pearce trials this year with Septoria (6.5) and Yellow Rust (8.5). With 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.
Group 4 - Expert X Premio
High yielding in the West in particular – attributed to its outstanding disease resistance especially against Septoria tritici with a 6.7. The variety exhibits good all-round disease resistance although it is not resistant to Orange Wheat Blossom Midge. It is also early maturing and moderately tall and very stiff. It can be grown across a range of soil types but it is probably best suited to medium or heavy soils. Suited to early drilling as has slow autumn speed of development but shouldn't go in before 10th September because of eyespot resistance - 4 and performs best as a first wheat.
Group 4 - 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.
Group 4 - Timaru x W151
Good all round disease spec, excellent Mildew, Yellow Rust and good Septoria tritici ratings. Although not the highest yield its main outstanding quality is its superb bushel weight offering highest specific weight on the list across all the groups and even in a poor year can offer the insurance of least variability. It also offers the best hagberg of all feed varieties confirming its end quality. It is widely seen as a replacement for JB Diego with a slightly higher treated yield, it performs very well across all regions and soil types and, like JB Diego, it is a stable variety. It is best suited to the main drilling window and probably best grown as a first wheat. A medium to high tillering variety with a medium speed of development. Not resistant to Orange Wheat Blossom Midge.
Group 4 - (Scout x Oakley) x KWS Santiago
Added to the AHDB recommended list, 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
Group 4 - KWS Kielder x Hereford
Added to the AHDB recommended list in 2018 and is a very high yielding, hard feed wheat, with a strong disease resistance. Early maturity and OWBM are welcome additions. Good straw strength and excellent resistance to lodging and consistent performance. Suitable for all soil types and has a wide flexible drilling window. Septoria score is 6.4, Specific weight: 76.6kg
Newly added Candidate in 2018, and has the highest yielding Winter wheat available. It is a soft feed wheat which offers a combination of agronomic merits with good grain quality. A tall straw variety which responds well to PGR treatment. OWBM resistant and a score of 6 for Septoria.