Know How / Variety selection

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VARIETY SELECTION

Why heritage wheat forms heart of Surrey mixed farm

Growing and milling heritage wheat for the artisan bread market forms the heart of Mike and Jenny Pinard’s mixed arable and sheep farm in Surrey. Varieties grown include England's oldest…

WHEAT

How to grow a winter wheat crop yielding 15t/ha

Tim Lamyman is consistently growing wheat crops yielding 15t/ha using a high-input, high-output system across a number of varieties on his Lincolnshire Wolds farm. His method of using high levels…

WHEAT

Cambs farmer happy to grow wheat for breakfast market

Soft wheats have cemented their place in James Fountain’s rotation, earning a valuable premium from Weetabix, as well as fitting in with his strategy for controlling a troublesome grassweed. The…

BARLEY

Low-skinning spring barley finds favour with Cambs grower

A spring barley with very low grain skinning is finding favour with major maltsters and distillers, and could become a major variety for distilling use in Scotland. Grain skinning, or…

WHEAT

Norfolk grower sees top yield from virus-resistant wheat

Norfolk grower Kit Papworth is able to drill the virus-resistant winter wheat Wolverine early in September and it has been his top-yielding variety for the past two seasons. Wolverine marks…

WHEAT

Biscuit wheat variety shows robust performance in Lincs

Brian Hammond is “more than likely” to be growing the biscuit-making wheat variety Merit commercially next season after a robust performance as a seed crop. The south Lincolnshire farm manager…

Practical advice

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BARLEY

Spring malting barley varieties for 2022

New spring malting barley variety Tungsten could be a useful partner in the North for market leader Laureate due to its good northern yields and early maturity. The variety is…

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…

Insights

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MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

How new oat variety offers growers spring milling option

The spring oat variety Isabel, from KWS, joined the ADHB Recommended List in 2020, at a time when there was a great deal of interest in the spring oat crop,…

WHEAT

Why breeders are looking at the past for tomorrow’s wheats

Over the past century, breeding has played a major role in improving winter wheat performance, with yields increasing from an average 5.5t/ha in 1979 to 7.8t/ha at harvest 2021. But…

VARIETY SELECTION

New varieties with better disease resistance get green light

New cereal and oilseed rape varieties with improved yields and resistance to diseases have been given the official green light for next year’s drilling plans, which may help growers with…

VARIETY SELECTION

What the three new additions to pulse variety list offer

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) has added three new varieties to its 2022 Descriptive Lists for pulse crops. The three additions include a green pea that is now…

VARIETY SELECTION

Variety verdict: Top-performing wheats and barleys of 2021

The combination of plants already under stress and a disease explosion that hit crops in late spring and early summer is thought to be behind the discrepancies seen in wheat…

HARVEST

Harvest 2021: The 5 top-yielding spring barley varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB wheat Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the five…

VARIETY SELECTION

Harvest 2021: The 5 top-yielding winter wheat varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB wheat Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the five…

VARIETY SELECTION

Harvest 2021: The 5 top-yielding OSR varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB oilseed rape Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…

VARIETY SELECTION

Harvest 2021: The 5 top-yielding winter barley varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB winter barley Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…

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…