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Make Decisions Early on Spring Seed Varieties

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Make Decisions Early on Spring Seed Varieties
By Wynnstay Arable Team 5 months ago

We are encouraging our growers to make spring seed decisions early, as popular varieties are likely to be in short supply.

Delayed drilling due to the ‘Beast from the East’ and little rainfall from May to August last year has impacted seed availability for 2019.

While popular varieties are currently still available, overall supplies are down and securing seed as soon as possible is advisable.

RGT Planet is a high yielding feed and malting barley variety, particularly for growers in the West, which is likely to be our most popular variety this spring. Propino is also expected to be in demand, although it’s slightly lower yielding than Planet, alongside Laureate which has full Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) approval.

If you are considering growing a new malting barley, LG Diablo is expected to be popular this year and is currently one of the highest yielding spring barleys on the Recommend List. It’s getting a lot of end user interest already from seed mills, maltsters and brewers, so I recommend ordering now.

For those looking to grow a variety for whole crop or baled straw, Kelim is once again likely to be the variety of choice due to its good grain yield and extremely tall straw.

When it comes to spring wheat, growers should be considering KWS Cochise. It’s the highest yielding spring wheat available, providing on average a 10% higher yield than the current favourite, Mulika. It also offers a high specific weight and Orange Wheat Blossom Midge resistance, so should be a popular choice.

Spring cereals were not the only crops to take a hit in 2018, stocks of spring beans are also expected to be low. Significant bruchid beetle damage, along with the drought, caused low yields in spring beans at harvest and poor germination scores.

A derogation has been brought in that’ll allow spring bean seeds with a lower germination score, a minimum of 70%, to be sold in order to meet demand. A similar derogation has been granted for spring oats with a minimum germination of 75% being approved.

We are advising growers to act fast to obtain their seed variety of choice. Don’t hedge your bets as you may well end up with second best varieties or even not be able to grow your species of choice. Order spring seed early to avoid disappointment.


Jonathan BaxendaleJonathan Baxendale

Combinable Seed Product Manager

m: 07990 578551