Choosing a more disease resistant variety should allow growers to cut fungicide bills, demonstration plots on The Arable Group’s stand indicated.

Many growers just think their fungicide programme would work better on resistant varieties, TAG agronomist Richard Overthrow said.

“With some varieties there is a big opportunity to save on fungicides.”

Comparing relatively disease-resistant Alchemy with the more susceptible Glasgow the plots suggested treated Glasgow had approximately the same levels of disease as untreated Alchemy.

“It shows on more disease resistant varieties you have the chance to use a cheaper product at T1 or vary rates.”