IMPROVED GROUND conditions means late sown wheat is still a realistic option, according to one plant breeder.

More settled weather over the past couple of weeks has given farmers a “window of opportunity” to get on and sow winter wheat varieties, said Nickerson‘s Frank Curtis.

He believes growers generally prefer winter varieties where possible.

“With storage a problem on many farms there is a logic to continue sowing varieties which may already feature on the farm,” he said.

Both Einstein and Istabraq have produced good yields in later sown situations in HGCA trials, he said, pointing out that both varieties can be sown up to the end of January.

Claire was also suited to later drilling, he said.

“With its relatively low vernalization requirement Claire can also be sown up to the end of February,” he added.