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.

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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…

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…

WHEAT

Newcomer feed wheat variety impresses in Suffolk

Feed wheat variety Saki is new to the AHDB Recommended List and is looking good in the field this summer. We visit Suffolk wheat grower, Tony Pulham, to find out…

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…

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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…

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…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Yellow rust battle in wheat crops set to get tougher

Wheat growers face a tougher battle against yellow rust this spring due to many races of the disease being suspected within crops and a key rust fungicide being banned. Crop…

WHEAT

Skyfall wheat comes out top in variety sustainability index

Old favourite Skyfall comes out as the top winter wheat variety on a sustainability rating scale looking across a range of desirable characteristics for growers. Agronomy group Agrii has created…

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Biscuit-making wheat varieties vying for top spot autumn 2020

Firefly is set to vie for the top spot with Elicit in biscuit-making winter wheat seed sales this autumn, with growers weighing up its good yield and stiff straw against…

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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

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

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

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

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…

HARVEST

Analysis: Cost of extreme weather on 2020 crop performance

The weather extremes in the hugely difficult 2019-20 cropping season provided a unique test of crop performance, with some new winter wheat varieties showing promise. From some of the wettest…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: The 5 top-yielding wheat varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2020’s AHDB wheat Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the five…

VARIETY SELECTION

Can wheat blends raise yields and cut disease control costs?

Growing different blends of wheat varieties can increase yields while reducing disease pressure, enabling farmers to cut the number of fungicide applications, suggests new Danish research. The landmark research, carried out by…

VARIETY SELECTION

Why more research is needed for no-till wheat variety picks

More scientific information on how different wheat varieties perform in no-till systems is needed, as growers are having to make selections based on limited data. As the establishment method increases…