RGT Wolverine should be highly sought after as a new Group 4 hard wheat, with its genetic resistance to barley yellow dwarf virus.
The loss of Deter and a move to earlier drilling increases the risk of BYDV next season, so although it has only a 5 for Yellow Rust and 5.3 for Septoria Tritici, we predict its high popularity next season as a tool against the pest.
If looking to purchase RGT Wolverine seed, growers need to sign up to the BIPO scheme in advance of having the seed delivered. It is a straightforward process to register.
If looking for a new Group 3 wheat variety, we have five new additions, bringing the total to eight biscuit wheats on the list.
This is probably more than is needed for this group, but shows there are some strong new additions.
From the newcomers, it’s one of the lower yielding varieties taking over the headlines due to its wider agronomic benefits. LG Astronomer has a 9 for both Yellow Rust and Brown Rust, 7.4 for Septoria Tritici, an excellent specific weight at 77.8 and is extremely stiff strawed, so ticks a lot of boxes.
Jonathan Baxendale is Wynnstay combinable crops manager