Triticale is a hybrid cross between wheat and rye, combining the yield potential and grain quality of wheat with the disease and environmental tolerance of rye.
Rising in popularity with livestock farmers, the crop is mostly grown for fodder and is ‘dual-purpose’ on account of its height, producing good grain and straw yields. It has a large rooting system so is able to source nutrients deeper within the soil, which means it’s suitable for drought-prone and less fertile marginal land.
The crop tends to be tall and offers good straw yields and it’s a nutritionally superior option for farm feeding, due to having a higher lysine content than most other grains. Triticale is also less likely to be grazed by rabbits over winter, so is useful in fields close to woodlands.
Cope Seeds and Grain has a strong portfolio of leading triticale varieties which are available organically and conventionally. Conventional varieties are low-input, which is a reason many farmers include it in rotations, due to its ability to deliver positive environmental and cost outcomes.
``The root structure is impressive and it copes far better with drought than other crops.``
Matthew Williams, farmer, Shropshire
Puzon is a high achiever in field trials with the highest yield across all three sites, a low powdery mildew score and a high specific weight. Puzon is a new spring triticale variety with good yield potential, it possesses a high protein content making it ideal for animal feed. Puzon’s height is classed as medium and has good resistance to lodging. It has an excellent disease resistance package with very good scores for powdery mildew, brown and yellow rust plus ear fusarium.
The livestock farmer’s choice, on the AHDB descriptive list Securo boasts the highest protein content and it’s the second tallest variety in its category, producing high straw yields.
For more information on Securo winter triticale, view the factsheet.
Securo experienced drought during establishment but came through fine and has stood well. The root structure is impressive and it copes far better with drought than other crops in the rotation. It’s also good for soil because the root structure helps to increase organic matter, something as farmers we’re all working hard to increase in our soils, and I’m hoping the long roots help to improve soil structure,
Matthew Williams, Shropshire arable farmer
Somtri spring triticale is an established German triticale which has been grown
conventionally and organically in the UK for over 10 years. It produces high grain yields and is a consistent performer, in both treated and untreated conditions.
The variety has low susceptibility to fusarium and ergot giving a production of healthy and unpolluted fodder. Somtri is incredibly versatile. It’s able to perform on drought prone land to heavy clay and can be drilled from November right through to April/March time.
For more information on Somtri spring triticale view the factsheet.