Variety crucial for second wheat

Second-wheat growers should get their crops back on track this autumn by selecting the best varieties and employing some first class agronomy, says Masstock SMART Farming project manager, James Southgate.

A relatively high take-all risk in the year ahead coupled with potentially compacted soils from the past season mean growers need to consider variety carefully, he says.

Proven yield performance, potential for premium earning in yield limiting situations, and robust disease resistance are three essential traits to look for in a second-wheat variety, he adds.

Mr Southgate sees five main contenders on the yield front – Battalion (RAGT) and Panorama (Nickerson) in Group 2 and Duxford (Syngenta), JB Diego (Senova) and Grafton (KWS) in Group 4.

The choice between choosing a Group 4 and a Group 2 as a second wheat is down to the extent the ground limits yield, he explains.

“If you can generally get second wheat yields close to those of your first wheats, you are likely to find a feed wheat will suit you better.”

But a Group 2 gives an extra string to your marketing bow when the yield gap is significant, he says

Limiting take-all risk through seed treatments such as silthiofam (Latitude), for higher risk areas, and fluquinconazole (Jockey or Galmano) for lower risk areas is important, in addition to including a strobilurin at T0 or T1, he adds.

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