Cereals - Winter Wheat


Group 4 Hards - Breeder: Syngenta

Gleam is another addition to the 2018-19 RL, featuring some very useful attributes that will certainly be of interest to many growers. The variety features high yield potential backed up by solid disease resistance, including 6.2 for Septoria tritici, OWBM resistance and stiff straw. The variety is slightly earlier to mature than RGT Gravity so could fit well as a partner for those looking to maximise yield and spread harvest workload.

LG Skyscraper

Group 4 Softs - Breeder: Limagrain

LG Skyscraper is one of seven RL candidates from breeder Limagrain. It has been released a year ahead of potential recommendation due to its extremely high yield potential, which puts it at the top of the Candidate list and 4% above control variety KWS Santiago. This soft endosperm wheat with premium potential has solid all-round disease resistance including yellow rust and Septoria tritici. The variety is taller strawed, similar to KWS Santiago, and responds well to PGR treatments. LG Skyscraper is likely to appeal to a wide range of growers.


Group 3 - Breeder: Elsom Seeds

Elicit, a newcomer on the 2018-19 Recommended List, looks to be the perfect Group 3 partner for KWS Barrel. It features improved disease resistance across the key diseases and in particular Septoria tritici, with a rating of 6.4. This combination of disease resistance translates into an excellent untreated yield score, the highest in the group. The variety performs  consistently across rotational situations and soil types, and looks likely to be popular with soft wheat growers and among the first to sell out.

KWS Kerrin

Group 4 Hards - Breeder: KWS

KWS Kerrin is a high-yielding hard Group 4 feed wheat, 2% ahead of its parent KWS Santiago, which also features improved Septoria tritici resistance. KWS Kerrin was a new addition to the list last year, and gained around a 5% market share, putting it in the top 10 of certified varieties. KWS Kerrin features a strong eastern and northern performance and performs particularly well on light soils and in the second cereal position.

RGT Gravity

Group 4 Hards - Breeder: RGT

RGT Gravity is one of the most exciting additions to the 2018-19 RL. It is a must-have for all feed wheat growers looking to maximise their output. It is the highest yielding variety in all regions, rotational positions, and soil types. RGT Gravity features strong agronomics, including OWBM resistance and excellent grain quality for a Group 4 hard feed. The variety has a very aggressive growth habit and large flag leaf akin to one of its parents, KWS Santiago.


Group 4 Hards - Breeder: Syngenta

One of a trio of varieties in the Group 4 hard sector from breeder Syngenta, Shabras was another new addition to the RL last year. With Hereford as a parent it looks well suited to the second cereal position, a trait backed up by trials data. The variety shows very consistent performance across all regions and it also performs very well on light soils. Solid disease scores include a 6.2 for Septoria tritici.

KWS Zyatt

Group 1 - Breeder: KWS

KWS Zyatt was a new addition to the RL last year and gained around 5% market share. It looks set to build on this for autumn 2018 plantings as a partner to the established Group 1 varieties RGT Skyfall and Crusoe. It features strong yield performance, in both first and second cereal situations, the latter aided by the Hereford parentage (a variety known as a good second wheat) as well as its Pch1 eyespot resistance. The variety suits the main drilling window onwards, and has the highest untreated yield in the Group 1 sector, reflecting its solid disease profile.


Group 1 - Breeder: RAGT

RGT Skyfall continues to be a strong favourite with both quality wheat and feed growers. RGT Skyfall was the biggest certified variety in 2017 and looks set to remain one of the major varieties for 2018 planting. It is the only recommended winter bread-making wheat with orange wheat blossom midge (OWBM) resistance, backing up a strong agronomic package including stiff straw and Pch1 eyespot resistance. RGT Skyfall is better suited for later sowing, from the end of September onwards.




Group 1 - Breeder: Limagrain

Crusoe represented a step forward in terms of disease resistance from Gallant and Solstice when introduced. It is now outclassed in yield terms by RGT Skyfall and the newcomer KWS Zyatt, but its consistency of both quality and on-farm performance will see it remaining popular with growers. Its Septoria tritici resistance remains the best in its class.


Group 2 - Breeder: KWS

KWS Siskin has been on the RL for two years and has maintained a strong market share. Its combination of yield, disease resistance and premium potential was a step change when the variety was first recommended and is still maintained today. Septoria tritici resistance of 6.9 is class leading in Group 2 and one of the best on the RL. This translates into solid  performance in both the East and the West regions. The variety performs well in all situations, both as a first and second cereal, with its strongest performance on heavier sites.


Group 4 hards - Breeder: Syngenta

Graham was the dark horse of last year. Once again selling out, the variety increased its market share from 3.3% in 2016 to just over 8% in 2017, gaining third spot in the rankings. It has a very high yield score in the west, not surprising given its disease resistance package, which includes 6.9 for Septoria tritici, the best in the Group 4 hard sector. Early maturity is another useful trait and makes it a useful partner to some other Group 4 hards already mentioned, along with stiff straw and potential for early sowing. Graham is sure to be another popular variety in 2018.

KWS Crispin

Group 4 hards - Breeder: KWS

KWS Crispin is the final Group 4 variety featured in this catalogue, and one very well suited to later sowings. A Conqueror cross, KWS Crispin has the parentage to suit a late driller, whilst also removing its named parents’ two real weaknesses, brown rust and low specific weight. Its untreated yield is still among the highest on the list, and a robust agronomic package includes OWBM resistance.


Cereals - Winter Barley


Feed - Breeder: Syngenta

Belmont is the latest Syngenta hybrid to be recommended. It has a 2% yield advantage over market leader Bazooka and displays the same broad spectrum disease profile associated with hybrid varieties. Brown rust resistance is lower than other hybrids and should therefore be monitored.


Malting - Breeder: Syngenta

Craft is expected to take buyer preference over parent SY Venture after gaining full approval for brewing in May 2018. A 3% yield increase over the current sector leader with good specific weight and low screenings makes this an excellent choice. Craft has shown excellent resistance to lodging in trials.


Feed - Breeder: KWS

KWS Orwell is the highest yielding two-row feed available. KWS Orwell shows excellent consistency across AHDB regions and its yield is backed up by excellent lodging resistance and good overall disease scores. Mildew should be watched in this variety but is easily controlled and rarely has big impacts on yield.


Feed - Breeder: Syngenta

Bazooka is the tried and tested option when it comes to hybrid varieties. Yield is still 5% above the nearest conventional and Bazooka is earlier to mature than Belmont, making the two a very good partnership on farm to spread harvest workload. Although Bazooka has tall straw, its lodging figures are very low, making it the perfect option where grass weeds drive cropping decisions.

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