23 November 1999
Riband does badly for BASF

BASF has found Riband wheat, which accounts for more than 60% of the crop in Scotland, is a consistent poor performer at two of the chemicals groups three trial sites.

Consort, the second most popular variety after Riband and also from the same plant breeding company, PBI, topped all three trials averaging 11.7t/ha.

BASF is pushing its “new chemistry” strobilurins, costing an average of £45/ha, against £32 for old-style chemicals.

The chemicals group claims the strobilurins produce average yields of 0.8t more.