Winter wheat Harvest Results 2016
Results include sites from Kent up to East Yorkshire. Average yields stand at 10.77t/ha, which is very close to the five-year average of 10.63t/ha.
In 2016, Group 4 hard feed varieties lead the way on outright yield. Currently, Belgrade tops the yields at 106%, with Graham and KWS Crispin close behind on 105%. Dickens, Evolution, KWS Silverstone and Reflection currently average 103%. The nabim Group 2 quality wheat KWS Siskin is also performing well at 103%.
Untreated yield data have also been published for three sites this week. The data show that Reflection, which is susceptible to yellow rust, averaged just 3.2t/ha. Graham – which has good resistance to both septoria tritici and yellow rust – held up well, with an average yield of 8.52t/ha.
Using the five-year average
The 2016 data show yields based on one season from the 17 sites harvested to date. The five-year average is a better measure of variety performance over the past few seasons (2012–2016), reports AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.
Current good performers, based on five-year average yields alone, include Skyfall (101%), KWS Trinity (99%) and RGT Illustrious (98%) in Group 1. KWS Siskin (103%) and KWS Lili (102%) in Group 2 look impressive in comparison to many feed wheat yields. KWS Barrel (103%) and Britannia (102%) are top biscuit wheat performers in Group 3. Leeds tops the soft Group 4 yields at 102%.
The hard feed candidates Freiston (106%), Shabras (106%) and KWS Kerrin (105%) and the soft feed candidates Bennington (105%), Stratosphere (105%), Moulton (105%) and LG Sundance (105%) are all performing well in 2016. Quality candidates KWS Zyatt and LG Cassidy (potential bread-making varieties) and LG Bletchley (a potential biscuit-making variety) are all performing well on yield.
Spring barley Harvest Results
Harvest Results are now available from eight AHDB Recommended Lists (RL) spring barley trials.
Results include sites from Fife to Hampshire. Average yields of the control varieties are looking buoyant at 8.14t/ha, which is above the five-year average of 7.70t/ha.
To date, the highest yields are from the Herefordshire site, where the average yield is 9.10t/ha.
In 2016, Origin (106%) is having a good year on yields, while the fully approved brewing variety RGT Planet has achieved 105%. Laureate (provisionally approved for brewing and distilling) has also achieved 105%.
Using the five-year average
Over the longer term, RGT Planet (105%), Laureate (105%) and the feed variety Ovation (105%) are performing well. Popular varieties Concerto and Propino achieved 94% and 100% respectively.
In 2016, the potential malting varieties LG Opera, Chanson and Acorn achieved 104%, 102% and 101% respectively.
To see the latest results and tables go to the AHDB website.