Three “new generation” winter wheats – Trinity, Tempo and Lili – were unveiled by breeder KWS at the Cereals event and will come up for possible inclusion in the HGCA Recommended List later this year.
In a deliberate move away from the company’s typical yield-busting types, the newcomers all offer improved marketability through their better grain quality with two being potential breadmakers, explained commercial director Andrew Newby.
“There’s been a step change in wheat variety selection and development. That’s because rotational and marketing considerations are higher up the grower’s priority list than they were,” he said.
As a result, the latest KWS offerings have exceptional grain quality and very high disease resistance scores, together with yields on a par with the market leading feed variety Diego.
Trinity could be the company’s first Group 1 wheat since Malacca and is already attracting interest from the millers, said wheat breeder Mark Dodds.
“It has a yield of 102, which will have immediate appeal for milling wheat growers, together with a Hagberg of 351, a specific weight of 76.9kg/hl and protein of 12.1%,” he said.
Stiff straw and early maturity (-2) are other attributes. “It also has disease resistance scores of 9 for mildew, yellow rust and brown rust, 8 for eyespot and 6 for septoria, so it’s agronomically sound and will perform well as a second wheat,” he said.
“There’s been a step change in wheat variety selection and development. That’s because rotational and marketing considerations are higher up the grower’s priority list than they were.”
Andrew Newby, KWS commercial director
He predicted Trinity could become a milling partner to Skyfall. “Milling tests to date show that it produces loaves with good structure and excellent texture, resilience, softness and crumb structure,” said Mr Dodds.
Tempo is a high yielding (103) hard Group 4 type with stiff straw, as might be expected from KWS, but that’s where the similarities end, pointed out Mr Dodds.
“It has the grain characteristics that you are more likely to find in a Group 2 variety, together with excellent disease resistance scores, including 9s for yellow rust and mildew, 8s for brown rust and eyespot and a 6 for septoria,” he said.
The grain quality package includes a specific weight of 80.1kg/hl, a Hagberg of 326 and a protein of 11.8%, which means that it benefits from a provisional UKP status for export. “And it has a 0 for maturity, so it isn’t a late maturing type,” he said.
Lili is a potential Group 2 variety, with a yield of 104, putting it 2% above Diego. Another short, stiff type, it also has a 7 rating for both septoria and yellow rust.
A high Hagberg of 291 and a specific weight of 77.0kg/hl mean that some level of premium should be achievable, making it one of the most profitable varieties to grow, Mr Dodds predicted.