23 October 1998

Two spring wheats to chase prices

TWO new spring wheats offer premium potential to counteract falling grain prices. Raffles and Samoa from CPB Twyford are both competing for UK List recommendation later this year.

Raffles currently tops National Institute of Agricultural Botany trials with a 5-year treated mean yield of 109%. It is seen as an eventual successor to Chablis.

Samoa is a true spring type with breadmaking quality at least as good as Axona, but 13% higher yielding in treated official trials at 106%, says the company. In CPB Twyford trials March sown Samoa came to the combine well before October sown winter varieties.

Buy-back contracts are available from Allied Grain, Fishers Seeds, Dalgety Agriculture and BDR.