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High yielding wheats stay at the top

Withthe majority of the 2013 HGCA official wheat sites harvested, results forLimagrain UKs three wheat varieties up for recommendation this autumn havedemonstrated the ability of all three varieties to produce the highest yieldsonce again and in a very different season.

 

Although yields have been generally better thanexpected this year, we are very pleased with the outstanding performance of ourthree wheat varieties due for recommendation this autumn, Evolution, Panaceaand Zulu, says Ron Granger, arable technical manager for Limagrain.

 

All three varieties were entered this year intoofficial trials as the highest yielding candidate varieties in their respectivegroups following on from their good results in 2012; Evolution as a hard Group4 feed wheat, Panacea, a soft feed wheat and the Group 3 biscuit wheat, Zulu.

 

However 2013 was a very different year to 2012 andits never clear how varieties will perform from season to season, but what wehave seen is that all three varieties have kept their place as the highest orsecond highest yielders in their respective groups across very different seasonsand climatic challenges.

 

These results are based on the data from the HGCAharvest reports for this year from across 15 sites, which is a significantamount of data, so we are highly confident that these three candidates have thebest chance of being added to the 2014 HGCA Recommended List.

 

Evolution remains the highest yielding variety inofficial trials, both treated and untreated in the hard feed wheat category.This is due to its exceptional disease profile yielding 107 over a 5 yearmean, 1% over KWS Santiago and KWS Kielder and 5% over JB Diego in treatedtrials.

 

 it iscertainly one of the most exciting varieties to come up for recommendation formany years, and this is underlined by the consistency of Evolutions highperformance from sites across the UK encompassing different soil types, weatherand management across the last three very different seasons that it has been intrial,  he adds.

 

The variety has a very good disease resistanceprofile, is similar in height to KWS Santiago with comparable standing abilityto JB Diego.  With a hard endosperm andan acceptable specific weight, Evolution is suited to the animal feed andbiofuel markets.

 

 

Treated yield

 

 

Variety

5 year mean

2013 mean

2012 mean

Evolution

107

105

104

KWS Santiago (C)

106

106

106

JB Diego (C)

102

102

102

KWS Kielder

106

108

98

 

Panacea is the highest yielding soft feed wheat thathas ever been entered for recommendation. Yielding 106 across a 5 year mean, Panaceasets the standard in this crowded sector of the market with a yield thatgenuinely matches the highest yielding feed varieties, says Mr Granger.

 

Panacea is similar in height to Invicta with acomparable ripening date. It has a broad resistance profile, and resistance toOWBM. Panacea also has a very good specific weight 77.1kg/hl which is unusualin the feed wheat category a clear marketing advantage as it is suitable fora range of markets.

 

 

Treated yield

 

 

Variety

5 year mean

2013 mean

2012 mean

Panacea

106

105

104

Leeds

105

102

107

Revelation

103

102

99

 

The third of the Limagrain varieties forrecommendation this autumn, Zulu, goes forward for recommendation as one of thehighe


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