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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CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Job profile: What’s it like to be a seeds sales manager?

If you have got a passion for crops and want to be on the front line of variety developments then a job as a seed product manager could be the…

ROTATIONS

Added-value crops help manage risk on variable soils

Growing crops for added value premiums allows Northampton farmer Rick Davies to offset the extra income against the effects of cropping highly variable soils. With 404ha of combinable crops being…

VARIETY SELECTION

Why two growers have warmed to German high-protein wheats

High-protein German wheats are now part of Essex farm manager Mark Tubby’s rotation as they have increased his profits and given him an extra tool to fight blackgrass. The wheat…

ARABLE

Farmers' verdicts on 2017 wheat disease strategies

Yields and quality have proved to be better than anticipated for the farmers, considering the very dry spring and prolonged harvest, along with the disease threats. While responses to fungicides…

VARIETY SELECTION

Planning vital for peak farm-saved seed performance

Producing top quality farm-saved seed has helped one father-and-son team from the Scottish Borders cut costs by £20/ha while still achieving good yields from the latest wheat varieties. Cameron and…

WHEAT

New wheat variety leads battle against blackgrass

Winter wheat grower Peter Allen picks varieties for his farm which are high yielding and early to mature to give him time in the autumn to battle blackgrass. This season…

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DRILLING

Which wheat varieties to consider for late drilling

Cereal growers looking for wheat varieties most suited to later drilling dates should opt for those that are more vigorous, with good tillering ability and a rapid speed of development.…

VARIETY SELECTION

What the 2018 winter wheat varieties offer growers

Most of the newly recommended winter wheat varieties for this coming autumn have more yield to offer, but that’s considered unlikely to be enough to tempt growers to make sweeping…

MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

Why growing a Group 3 wheat may pay off next season

A shortage of Group 3s and a glut of Group 1 wheats has resulted in biscuit wheat premiums rivalling that for full breadmakers, but without the extra growing costs. Paul…

VARIETY SELECTION

3 top varieties to consider as second wheats this autumn

Gravity, Gleam and Dunston are among the top varieties cereal growers should be considering for second wheat drilling this autumn, according to an arable expert. A number of arable growers…

WHEAT

How soft wheat newcomers could benefit farmers

Growers now have the added choice of a spate of new, higher-yielding soft wheats, just as the bakers and millers highlight that the market is hungry for more.  The baking and…

ARABLE

10 steps to achieving high yields in late-drilled wheat

Late-October drilling is a key part of managing blackgrass, allowing several rounds of stale seed-beds, however, yields can range from a healthy 12.8 t/ha down to a little as 4.6…

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VARIETY SELECTION

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…

VARIETY SELECTION

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

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…

WHEAT

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…

WHEAT

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.…

VARIETY SELECTION

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…

VARIETY SELECTION

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…

ARABLE

New feed wheat variety offers SDHI fungicide savings

A new variety of feed wheat with the highest resistance to septoria could be the safest option for growers looking to pursue a single SDHI fungicide strategy next season. Trial…

Crop Doctor: Disease set to strike wheat if weather turns

Disease is lurking in winter wheat crops across the country and April showers could easily spark an epidemic of the crop’s most yield-damaging disease, septoria. Despite a warm and dry…

ARABLE

Why experts changed how yellow rust strains are named

Researchers are taking a similar approach to naming yellow rust strains as they are for potato blight strains. Major changes to the way that yellow rust races are to be…

VARIETY SELECTION

Analysis: What the new recommended varieties offer growers

Seed trade experts picked out the possible winners from the wide array of 29 new cereal and oilseed rape varieties that were added to the AHDB Recommend List for 2017-18.…