Cougar winter wheat has now been removed from the Recommended List as it does not have a place in the conventional market. However, it is still a variety to consider when being grown in the organic sector. It has an extremely high untreated yield, which is down to its high resistance to disease (it held the highest score on the recommended list for Septoria before it was removed), but it can be susceptible to eyespot. Cougar is a soft wheat and therefore offers more end user opportunity than a standard feed wheat.
With less than 200 hectares in the ground for seed production, it’s market share will be low at less than 1% as most of the acreage is for organic use.
Orange Blossom Midge resistant.
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Edelmann is bred by expert Austrian plant breeder Edelhoff, the same breeder of Evelina spring barley, Ehogold winter wheat, Elego and Elias winter rye.
Stuart Roberts NFU Vice Chairman was so impressed with his Edelmann that based on Harvest 2018 results is growing a larger area of Edelmann on a seed contract.
Andrew Wilson is a farmer situated two miles north of Hadrian’s Wall and Edelmann is his number one variety. The main farming principle is to work with nature, growing and milling the best varieties available.
“As growers and millers in the north east, this hard winter wheat meets all of our needs. Its tall straw and good disease resistance is delivering both quality and yield as a first year wheat, with great milling performance. The hard grains give excellent flour extraction and fractured starch for outstanding baking performance and flavour. It’s in the grist!” Andrew Wilkinson, Gilchesters Organics
We have buy-back contracts available for the variety which offers an attractive premium over feed wheats. Please get in touch for more details.
Ehogold winter wheat is an organically bred variety from Austria, which is capable of achieving the best milling quality available. This variety is around 20% lower yielding when compared to UK conventionally bred material but the grain quality achieved with this variety is superb. Ehogold is extremely tall and has the appearance of a heritage type of wheat. It is extremely early to mature. Milling contracts are available which offer a premium over other milling varieties.
Speak to Gemma should you be interested in the buy back contract.
Elation is a group 4 soft variety that yields well and has good levels of disease resistance including a 9 for yellow rust. OWBM resistant. Elation is approved for both UK Distilling and soft wheat export.
Since the demise of Claire, we have struggled to find a Group 3 variety that suits the Organic grower. Elicit has a good untreated yield and is average in height with excellent resistance to lodging and a good all round disease package making it a welcome addition to our portfolio.
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KWS Extase a group 2 milling variety has a very impressive untreated yield of 95% and equally impressive disease resistance package including a score of 8.1 for septoria tritici. Grain quality is also excellent with a hagberg of 297 and specific weight of 78.4.
Graham winter wheat, bred by Syngenta has proven popular both organically and conventionally for its disease resistance, especially to Septoria. It is a medium height variety with good resistance to lodging and early maturity. Graham winter wheat performs well as a 1st wheat and on heavy soils.
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KWS firefly a group 3 variety that has a good untreated yield (84%) and is a very good all-rounder for disease resistance. Grain quality is reasonable with a 245 Hagberg.
A group 2 variety, KWS Sisken should be viewed as a high yielding feed wheat within the organic sector with excellent disease resistance. KWS Sisken scores a 9 for both yellow and brown rust as well as a 6.8 for Septoria. It is a medium height variety best suited to the first wheat position and does well on heavy and light soils.
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KWS Zyatt winter wheat is an exciting, new group 1 variety with high untreated yields making it a true dual variety, suited to the milling and feed market.
KWS Zyatt performs well in the second wheat slot and performs well in all regions of the UK, on all types of soil. However it does prefer heavier land. It is a short, stiff variety which is early to mature.
KWS Zyatt performed well in our own organic trials and came 2nd behind Dunston in terms of yield, mirroring that of the Recommended List untreated trials.
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Nelson is a dual purpose variety suitable for bread making as well as a feed variety. It is a German E-Quality Milling variety (the best rating available) which combined with superb grain quality and extremely high specific weights means that millers are readily accepting the variety.
Tall, Winter hardy and with a stiff straw Nelson is a low input variety which is highly suited to Organic farming.
Click here for the 2018 Nelson untreated trials results .
Revelation is the most widely grown variety in the organic sector due to its consistency and reliability of performance since its first listing in 2013. It is a tall variety with good resistance to lodging and has an excellent disease profile, especially mildew, yellow rust, brown rust and eyespot as well as fusarium. Its growth characteristics make it highly suited to early sowings. Late to mature.
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RGT Saki is a group 4 soft variety with a very good untreated yield of 86% and a decent disease resistant package to complement it. OWBM resistant. Saki is a taller variety with excellent resistance to lodging. maturity is similar to that of revelation’s.