Know How / Wheat / Variety selection

There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing which variety to grow, with markets favouring some and others having a strong regional or rotational reputation. Now with greater focus on their agronomic characteristics, find out which varieties are performing well and proving their worth, whatever their intended end use - milling or feed.

Case studies

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Kent wheat grower switches varieties to lift yields

Kent grower Alan Clifton-Holt is switching varieties to raise the harvested yields of his biscuit-making wheats – and foresees a good demand for his grain even in Brexit future. He…


How two farmers hope to make better use of crop inputs

Growers thinking about making major changes to their cropping systems are being urged to "be brave" by two AHDB Strategic Farmers who are testing out new approaches.  Whether it’s reducing fungicide…


Farmer trials disease strategies in wheat variety Extase

Three different fungicide programmes are being tested on Britain's only commercial crop of a breakthrough wheat variety in Bedfordshire this season, which takes septoria resistance to a new level. Farms manager…


Farmer uses own field trial to find optimum nitrogen rate

Thomas Todd is using his own field trials on his farm to give him the optimum nitrogen fertiliser rate for his malting spring barley and the best septoria disease control…


How wheat growers can cut their fungicide costs this spring

Winter wheat growers could cut their fungicide spend this spring if they are growing varieties with good disease resistance that were drilled in late autumn. The dry winter has held…


Dorset farmer's plans to strike early septoria in wheat crop

Wheat’s most damaging disease, septoria, is appearing in the wetter West this season, prompting one Dorset cereal grower to prepare to strike early to keep the infection under control. Mild…

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How to get undrilled fields back on track after wet winter

Time has nearly run out for drilling winter wheat crops, leaving farmers to decide which spring crop to grow or even whether to fallow areas that remain undrilled after one…


Early wheats could be a good bet for catchy, wet harvests

Early-maturing winter wheat varieties could become more important after this summer’s catchy harvest weather, which saw sprouting in wheat ears hit grain quality. These early wheats will be particularly useful…


Which feed wheat varieties to grow in your region

Group 4 feed wheats are well known as the barn-busters, delivering high yields, and the two additions to the AHDB Recommended List bring even more output. Both Skyscraper and Spotlight…


Which bread- and biscuit-making wheat varieties to grow

Group 1 and 2 milling wheats account for more than one-third of the total British wheat area, and with two new additions to the Recommended List, growers have nine varieties…


Advice for wheat growers on disease control at T2 stage

Wheat growers should resist the urge to cut back dramatically on their key flag leaf fungicides later this month despite dry weather which has led to generally low disease levels.…


How to save up to £50/ha on your wheat fungicide programme

Wheat growers could be saving up to £50/ha on fungicide costs by using the latest more disease-resistant varieties coupled with late drilling in the autumn. Choosing varieties such as Graham,…


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Which wheat varieties to consider for spring 2020

The drilling window flexibility offered by spring wheat has never been more appealing, after the most difficult autumn conditions that many can remember disrupted winter cereal plantings and root crop…


Variety verdict: How Recommended List additions aid growers

Four new high-yielding oilseed rape varieties have come in at the top of the Recommended List for the UK, as Limagrain’s breeding programme comes to fruition. Six out of the…


Key wheat varieties see slump in yellow rust rating

A network of early warning sites suggests that yellow rust is overcoming genetic resistance inherited from a key wheat parent, affecting a number of popular varieties. This spring saw several…


Two big winners in wheat varieties battle this autumn

Two winter wheat varieties – Zyatt and Graham – are set to be the big winners this autumn, as growers have turned to these two for high yields alongside good…


Cereal varieties: Winners and losers at harvest 2018

During the 2018 cereal harvest, wheat varieties were more likely to perform slightly below their long-term averages than to exceed yield expectations.  That’s why most of the 2018 results shouldn’t…


Harvest 2017: The 5 top-yielding winter wheat varieties

Throughout the harvest season we’ll be updating this handy map with the latest data from this year’s AHDB winter wheat recommended list 2017 harvest results. Use the map below to find…


Distorted milling wheat market puts agronomics in spotlight

Wheat growers now have a head-spinning 41 varieties to choose between when they study the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds’ mammoth Recommended List, meaning it’s trickier than ever before to make…


Why biscuit wheats could trump milling varieties this autumn

In stark contrast to the Group 1 sector, there aren’t enough Group 3 wheats being grown in the UK to meet demand and the millers are keen to secure supplies.…


How winter cropping gross margins stack up for 2017/18

Harvest is underway in some parts of the country, but for most there are still a few weeks to go before the really busy season begins. Now is an opportune time…


New varieties and sprays to give growers helping hand

Plant breeders and agrochemical groups were eager to show off new improved varieties and pesticides at the Cereals 2017 event in Lincolnshire – with the aim of helping growers face…