Know How / Variety selection

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WHEAT

Quality wheat variety gains a band of keen followers

Andrew Robinson is set to sharply increase his area of Extase winter wheat next year as this season’s crop looks “phenomenal” and is very clear of disease. The variety has…

OILSEED RAPE

Essex grower sees cost savings with disease-tolerant OSR

Alex Jessop-Gaymer is looking to grow a larger area of a new sclerotinia-tolerant oilseed rape variety next season after it saved him the cost of a flowering fungicide spray this…

OILSEED RAPE

Why Holl oilseed rape is working for winning grower

Lincolnshire grower Mark Stubbs switched to growing high oleic low linoleic (Holl) oilseed rape varieties for the chance to earn a premium price and now sets an ambitious target yield…

VARIETY SELECTION

Two growers' experiences with March-drilled winter wheat

Wheat varieties that can be drilled very late came to the rescue for growers struggling to get any winter cereals into the ground last season because of the extremely wet…

VARIETY SELECTION

5 farmers outline their variety choices for this autumn

In the coming weeks, growers will be making their wheat variety choices, with disease resistance, local market requirements and leftover seed stock all  influencing their selections. The loss of the…

BARLEY

Virus-tolerant barleys could offer insecticide-free future

Virus-tolerant winter barley varieties could be the way forward to avoid spraying insecticides in the autumn, but there are some doubts about whether these varieties give good enough yields and…

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VARIETY SELECTION

Biscuit wheat grower reveals his Group 3 variety choices

Biscuit wheats have been a central part of the rotation at EG Hadingham & Sons for many years, where they have performed consistently and provided premium earning opportunities. In most…

PULSES

Winter bean choices include market leader-beating variety

A high-yielding winter bean variety which offers a 10% yield uplift on the current market leader is set to benefit bean growers next season as commercial availability widens. The variety,…

VARIETY SELECTION

Graham and Extase tipped as wheats for the South West

Graham and Extase are set to be the top picks for wheat growers in the South West of England, as their good disease resistance and stiff straw make them suitable…

OILSEED RAPE

Sclerotinia-tolerant OSR set to reduce flowering sprays

Strong demand is expected for the first oilseed rape variety showing sclerotinia disease tolerance, with enough seed available this summer to drill 2.5% of the rapeseed area. The new hybrid…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Irish wheat growers get use of novel fungicide ahead of UK

Irish wheat growers will have a new very effective fungicide this spring a year ahead of UK farmers giving them an advantage in controlling damaging diseases such as septoria and…

WHEAT

Tips on how to keep wheat fungicide costs under control

Wheat growers will need to be more vigilant about keeping disease control costs down this season following the banning of cheaper, older fungicides and the likely wider use of more…

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VARIETY SELECTION

Why demand is expected to be strong for virus-resistant wheat

Insecticide-free wheat has moved a step closer with the arrival of the hard Group 4 winter wheat variety Wolverine, which is the first to offer barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV)…

VARIETY SELECTION

What the 5 new winter barley varieties can offer farmers

Five new winter barley varieties are in the frame for this autumn, with a trio of two-row feed types bringing improved yield potential. It’s good to see that these three…

VARIETY SELECTION

Wheat varieties to drill in autumn 2021

Low-risk, resilient wheat varieties are at the top of most wish lists for this autumn, as growers get to grips with the implications of climate change, vanishing support payments and…

VARIETY SELECTION

How northern farmers could benefit from new soft winter wheat

A new soft Group 4 winter wheat variety that is significantly better for distilling than other variety choices should bring benefits to farmers as well as the end user. Tipped…

VARIETY SELECTION

What is vigour and how can it help you choose OSR variety?

Picking the right oilseed rape variety is critical in minimising the damage from cabbage stem flea beetle in crops, and a breeder has developed new vigour scores to help farmers…

VARIETY SELECTION

Oilseed rape varieties to choose now and candidates coming up

Five hybrid winter oilseed rape varieties from three plant breeding companies were added to the AHDB’s Recommended List 2021/22, joining a strong existing line-up of high-performing varieties. Two of the…

MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

Oat growers turn to expanding plant-based drinks market

With brands such as Oatly and Alpro on the supermarket shelves, oat drinks are presenting producers with a good opportunity for a British provenanced and sustainable oat crop. As an…

VARIETY SELECTION

Why a new Group 3 variety will appeal to feed wheat growers

A new Group 3 wheat variety will appeal to feed growers as well as those supplying biscuit and distilling markets, thanks to its high yields, good disease resistance and excellent…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

First-ever sclerotinia-tolerant OSR could help cut costs

Oilseed rape growers may be able to save money and miss out on a fungicide flowering spray by drilling the first ever variety with tolerance to stem rot disease sclerotinia.…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Why yellow rust ratings changed for some varieties in 2021

An online early warning system and a revamp of variety yellow rust resistance ratings have been introduced for 2021 to help wheat growers tackle an increasingly diverse pathogen. With the…

PEST MANAGEMENT

How breeding can help farmers manage PCN in potatoes

A breeding collaboration searching for new marketable spud varieties showing resistance and high tolerance to potato cyst nematode have put forward five promising candidate clones for National List testing. Grampian…