10 November 1999
When to drill Consort
HOW late can you drill consort wheat in wet heavy clay?
Dr John Howie, cereal product manager, PBI Cambridge
According to NIAB, the official date is the end of January, although some people have been known to drill winter wheat in February.
Consort is a good, all-round variety and will still do well if drilled in November. If you have the option, however, you would do better if you switched to Charger, which would be the optimum for this slot.
Another option for difficult seedbeds would be Napier. It develops rapidly in November and has a high tillering capacity.
Debbie Beaton, Crops
Consort is not considered to be a variety suited to late drilling, unlike varieties such as Charger, so any time beyond mid- to late October may require caution.
Crops carried an article on which varieties are best drilled late in the 16 October issue, page 26