Senova showcases new Group 1 spring wheat

Senova’s two newly recommended cereal varieties for 2011/12, Florentine and Mulika, will join the company’s display of existing wheat and oilseed rape choices at Cereals.

In addition, Senova’s commitment to the continuing development of other crops will be evident by its hosting of the Just Oats demonstration, as well as the presence of nitrogen-efficient triticale varieties.

Florentine, a two-row winter barley for feed, offers growers the combination of high yields, excellent disease resistance and very stiff straw – attributes that Senova’s commercial director Jeremy Taylor believes will make it easier to manage than other feed barleys.

“With the best lodging resistance of any winter barley variety on the Recommended List, Florentine is also the only two-row feed barley to have an 8 for Rhynchosporium,” he pointed out.

“As the disease is becoming increasingly difficult to control with fungicides and there’s a large area of susceptible varieties being grown, the introduction of a variety with excellent resistance is very timely.”

Florentine is also resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic virus, he adds, and has the advantage of high specific grain weight and low screenings, all of which are important characteristics in a feed variety. “It’s early to mature too, which helps with harvest workload pressures.”

The other significant newcomer to the market is Mulika, a new spring wheat and the first Group 1 wheat with orange wheat blossom midge resistance. Suitable for drilling in either late autumn or spring, its performance to date could revitalise interest in spring wheat.

With a 9% yield advantage over Paragon when spring sown, Mulika has also outperformed Solstice when drilled in the autumn.

“As well as the extra yield, Mulika also offers a very high grain quality and has proved itself in baking tests. Not surprisingly, there’s a great deal of miller interest,” says Mr Taylor.

Senova’s existing winter wheats, Beluga, Scout and JB Diego, are all successful because they have the twin strengths of meeting end user requirements and giving consistent farm results, he continues.

Beluga is being introduced into England in 2011, he reports, as it has all the attributes that growers look for in a high output feed wheat. “It’s the highest yielding soft feed wheat and has the best second wheat performance on the Recommended List.”

Already tipped as one of the best varieties for distilling and bioethanol by the Scotch Whisky Research Institute, due to its high alcohol yield and easy processing characteristics, Beluga also has uks classification for export.

“Add this market appeal to its short, very stiff straw and good resistance to yellow rust, and Beluga must be a leading contender for growers wishing to make the most of high grain prices,” said Mr Taylor.

Top selling nabim Group 3 wheat, Scout, with a 5% market share, maintains its popularity because it has the required grain quality and the agronomic strengths. It is also classified as a uks soft wheat for export.

“Despite more recent introductions to the Group 3 sector, Scout still has the best grain quality and processing characteristics of the lot,” he says.

It also offers the best lodging resistance of any Group 3 variety, 9s for both yellow and brown rust, a high eyespot rating and no disease weaknesses, he adds. “It can be drilled early, due to its slow primordial development, and is resistant to orange wheat blossom midge.”

JB Diego, a hard milling Group 4 winter wheat, has achieved good market share following its consistent farm performance across a range of soil types and sites, and as a second wheat, revealed Mr Taylor.

“It has become one of the country’s top-selling varieties. Some of that is due to the fact that it has stiff straw, good disease resistance and high specific weight – characteristics which are hard to find in other feed wheats.”

Senova’s two recommended winter oilseed rape varieties will also be on show at Cereals. Vision and Fashion, which are high yielding conventional types, both have excellent lodging and good disease resistance scores.

“Vision is recommended for the east and west region, while Fashion is a true UK variety and is on both lists. In the north, Fashion is the highest conventional variety for gross output.”

Neither variety was fast tracked, which makes their RL figures robust, stressed Mr Taylor. “Nor do they suffer from late maturity.”

The Just Oats demonstration will show how a joined-up approach to oat breeding and development is bringing benefits to all those involved in the production and utilisation of the crop, said Mr Taylor.

As well as oat varieties on the current HGCA Recommended List, there will be new oat types featuring characteristics such as low lignin, high oil, improved beta-glucan and higher anti-oxidant levels, all aimed at encouraging new consumer interest by adding value.

“Against the backdrop of increased oat consumption, introducing these traits into new varieties will stimulate more interest in the unique properties of the crop. That, in turn, should lead to new added value markets and contracts,” said Mr Taylor.

Cereals 2011 exhibitor information as supplied by Senova.

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