Every year, we host a Wheat Variety Trials Open Day, where our farming customers can witness first-hand both treated and untreated plots of established and new AHDB Recommended List Winter Wheat varieties.
In doing this, Seed Grain Director Paul Huntley, together with Agrochemical & Technical Director David Cairns and Technical Adviser Ben Gothorp, hope to provide you with much of the information you require – just without the hot filled rolls!
About this year’s Wheat Variety Trials
Our Wheat Variety Trials were drilled at Mountfair Farming on October 4, 2019.
This year, we have 22 different varieties, three seed treatments and a fertiliser trial. As usual, the team at Mountfair Farming did an excellent job getting the plots drilled in what turned out to be one of the most unkind, wet winters of recent memory.
The plots were drilled into very good conditions and got off to a great start. Needless to say, we didn’t envisage what would follow: the deluge of winter rainfall, the spring drought and, of course, the pandemic.
Despite the weather causing some issues and what seemed like an agonisingly slow start to the spring, the varieties are now beginning to flower almost a week earlier than last year. This is also probably weather-related, with the droughty conditions causing crop stress, forcing the crop through its growth stages quicker than usual.
Each of the wheat varieties have both a treated plot and an untreated plot and there are some dramatic differences that can be seen between the treated and untreated plots.
With the kind help of the team at DroneAG, we have been able to record some of these differences between varieties throughout the growing season.
We hope you can join us on June 22 for your virtual guided tour through our site, where Paul, David and Ben will discuss what varieties are worth considering for autumn sowing this year. We’ll announce more news about the Virtual Open Day via email and on our social media channels in due course.
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