Results include sites from Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. Average yields stand at 10.87t/ha, which are just behind the five-year average of 11.01t/ha, reports AHDB.
In 2017, Group 4 hard feed varieties lead the way with KWS Kerrin, Shabras, KWS Santiago, Dickens, Evolution and KWS Silverstone all with a yield of 105%. The highest-yielding soft Group 4 feed is Bennington (104%). Yield isn’t everything with quality wheats, but the top-yielding nabim Group 1 bread variety is KWS Zyatt (102%), KWS Siskin is the highest-yielding nabim Group 2 bread wheat (104%) and KWS Barrel currently leads the nabim Group 3 biscuit yields (102%).
Current good performers, based on five-year average yields alone, include the hard feed varieties Shabras and KWS Kerrin (105%), the soft Group 4 varieties Bennington and LG Sundance (103%), KWS Barrel (103%) in Group 3, KWS Siskin (103%) in Group 2 and KWS Zyatt (101%) in Group 1.
LG Sundance and KWS Siskin not only lead on yield, in their quality groups, but also lead on their resistance to septoria tritici, which is a positive trait. In the hard feed category, Frieston, Dunston and Graham have the best septoria tritici resistance scores and all have a yield of 103%.
Looking at the five-year averages, the hard feed candidate RGT Gravity (107%), soft feeds Elation and RGT Universe (105%) and the potential biscuit-making variety Elicit (103%) are performing well.