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Choosing Your Spring Crops

Published: Monday, February 8, 2016
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Choosing Your Spring Crops

Choosing Your Spring Crops

With the increased interest and benefits that can come from spring cropping, in terms of agronomy and margin opportunity, it is important to recognise that the financial benefits will only come with close attention to the basics. Seed bed, sowing rates and variety all come into play. With this in mind, following are some considerations to help fine tune your variety decisions.

Spring Wheat

The dominant spring wheat variety with 70% of the certified seed area. Can be autumn or spring sown, producing high quality bread making grain. Resistant to OWBM but only moderate resistance to Septoria. Ideal for flexible sowing where blackgrass is an issue.

KWS Willow
Very high yielding variety and where its fusarium resistance is a requirement, behind maize stubble, makes Willow a better choice than Mulika. Good foliar disease resistance and a stiff straw make it ideal for high fertility sites. Always performs well in Pearce autumn and spring sown trials.


SY Sanette
No longer rated as a malting barley, but still a useful feed barley with strong medium length straw and a good resistance to brackling, good foliar disease resistance and yields similar to the best.

KWS Irina
Now fully approved in the UK, a pan-European variety which moves yields to a new level. Established as an export malting barley having been shipped successfully in 2014/15. Stiff short straw, with a 9 for brackling. Similar disease profile to Planet.

The dominant variety in recent years, but now with a substantial yield penalty. Still a very marketable grain particularly for export markets. Relatively long straw with good standing. Will remain a favourite with specialist malting barley grower

RAGT Planet
Highest yielding in official trials in most countries and progressing well through the malting process (although not officially approved in the UK yet). 7% yield advantage over Propino in the West. Medium length straw resistant to brackling and bold grain with brewing potential (marketing contract recommended for this season). Moderate resistance to rynchosporium.

Spring oats

Very high yields with bold grain of high specific weight. Yields 8% above Firth. Susceptible to crown rust (as most are) early maturity and short moderately stiff straw.

Spring beans

Taller than Fury but with similar standing ability, moderately susceptible to Downy mildew.

High yields of beans suitable for the human consumption market although the sample can be smaller than some varieties. Best combination of yield, agronomic characteristics and Downy mildew resistance of any commercially available varieties, 3% above Fuego the current market leader.

The highest yielding spring bean with the boldest grain sample, long moderate strength straw so would not be suitable for the most fertile sites. Moderately susceptible to Downy mildew.


Please contact us for more information:

Pearce Seeds LLP
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