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Cereal Blends

Organic and conventional cereal blends for growers using regenerative principles

Cereal blends are emerging as a way to help reduce inputs, benefit yields and support regenerative farming practices.

Blends are nothing new, back in the 1980s there were many 1,000s of tonnes of seed blends being sold and grown in the UK. However, with the pressure on seed plants to get tonnage through in the autumn, they faded away. It is believed that growing blends helps to increase yield potential whilst reducing disease pressure and recent research by Dr Kristoffersen’s at the Aarhus University helps to verify these claims.

Research behind cereal blends

Looking at over 19 years’ worth of official Danish data, a four-way blend was grown each year in official trials as a reference. The results showed the blend reduced Septoria severity by approximately 10% with an increase in yields of 1.4%. In untreated trials, these advantages increased to 17% reduction in Septoria severity and 2.4% increase in yield.

We believe blends should be considered by conventional and organic growers who are wishing to grow using regenerative principles. Therefore, we are now offering two organic wheat blends and two conventional wheat blends that have been carefully considered and selected.

Compared to populations, Cope Seeds’ blend formulations will keep evolving. Through constant monitoring and knowledge of which lines have been incorporated, we are able to pull out any potential lines that may break down and add in newer varieties with better disease resistance to ensure it remains robust. We are bringing together the benefits of both nature and science through modern plant breeding.

Varieties

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Apex

Dual purpose wheat blend

Organic

Apex combines two of the best wheat varieties for untreated yield potential, Septoria tritici resistance and early maturity. The grain quality of this blend is superb with high specific weights, high habergs and potentially levels of protein suitable for milling. This blend is suitable both for feed and could potentially make milling specification.

Buy back available for either feed or milling.

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Summit

Milling soft wheat blend

Organic

This season, we are offering a two-way soft wheat blend with a milling buy back. The blend will be a later maturing crop with high yield potential and tall straw, perfect for weed suppression. Varieties within the blend are proven organically and offer some protection against orange wheat blossom midge.

A buy back for Summit with a premium over organic feed wheat is available.

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Triple X

Soft wheat blend

Conventional

Our Triple X blend is made from a range of soft wheat varieties that offer early to medium maturity, with strong resistance to rust and high grain quality. This blend has been created to ensure it meets soft wheat market requirements whilst offering the blend benefits of reduced disease and high untreated yield potential.

Buy Back Contracts are available.

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Tristar

Feed wheat blend

Conventional

Our Tristar blend has been specifically blended to include three varieties from three different breeding stables and therefore genetics. This variation will help the blend fulfil its purpose in protecting other lines, should one’s resistance start to falter. Offers early maturity, high untreated yield potential thanks to strong disease resistances between the three varieties – including the highest resistances to Septoria Tritici. Grain quality is also of the highest merit, producing a bold sample.