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KWS Parkin – a small but mighty wheat variety

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KWS is one of the world's leading plant breeding companies combining 165 years of heritage with leading edge technology and a commitment to develop and deliver varieties with the best yields, disease resistance, physical traits and resistance to abiotic stress.

Falling just short of making it onto the 2020/2021 Recommended List, our latest wheat addition could be overlooked by some – but this small and mighty variety could offer growers something truly unique this autumn.

With last autumn’s weather still being at the front of many minds, a variety suited to early drilling could be top on many UK farmers wish lists; and for those looking to get quick off the mark, KWS Parkin is the ideal choice.

It can be drilled across a range of soil types although its best yield performances may come from heavier soils.

From our own trials we’ve seen that it is highly suitable for both first and second wheat positions.

To get the best out of KWS Parkin, growers should consider drilling this variety before the 25th September. In AHDB and KWS trials.


It was in this relatively early slot in AHDB and KWS trials that the true yield potential of KW Parkin was realised and the variety significantly outperformed well-known barn fillers.

KWS Parkin’s other stand out feature is its height, at 78.6cm, it’s an impressive 15cm shorter than the tallest variety on the RL and super stiff too.

Since the demise of Grafton and Cordiale over the last 5-10 years or so, we’ve really seen a gap in the market for this type of variety.

Today farmers are looking for agronomic tools like KWS Parkin that are short and stiff; that enable PGR applications to be simplified; and allow more flexibility in spray windows that can be safely widened when workloads or weather conditions permit.

It’s the obvious choice for growers in the East and Yorkshire on more fertile soils, as well as those who use manuers and digestate.

Another unique aspect of the variety is its earliness to harvest.

The official score for ripening comes in at a -1 compared with Skyfall control at a zero.

On larger farms, or in certain locations, having a variety that is earlier to mature is incredibly valuable as it allows you to get the harvest going.

KWS Parkin is a great choice for growers that are looking for something different – if you are looking to get quickly out of the blocks this season, then it should be the first wheat you put in your drill.

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