25 September 1998

Feed wheat will reward

THE best barn filling feed wheat should be more rewarding than top added value biscuit types, at all yields and prices above 7t/ha (2.8t/acre) and £55/t, claims breeder Advanta.

Using NIAB data and costings from John Nixs Farm Management Pocketbook, the firms gross margin analysis shows that at £60-80/t Savannah outstrips Consort and Claire by £3-12/ha (£1.20-4.85/acre). The firm calculates that if the assumed £2/t biscuit premium on the latter varieties is not achieved, a 10t/ha (4t/acre) crop of the feed variety will, at £80/t, deliver an extra £32/ha (£12.95/acre).

Often in the past the biggest heap of grain has been the most profitable, notes marketing manager Paul Hickman. "This calculation goes to show that at a time when premiums are scarce and prices low, that is still the case." &#42