High yields and quality play out in Limagrains recommendations

High yields and quality play out in Limagrains recommendations

Based on the highest yields, a feed wheat, winter barley and oilseed rape from breeders Limagrain UK, take poll position in the 2019-2020 AHDB Recommended List, alongside three other varieties offering excellent quality attributes.

LG Skyscraper takes leading position as the highest yielding wheat, LG Spotlight gains recommendation as a soft milling feed with exceptional grain quality and LG Detroit joins the Group 2’s, based on its yield potential and Crusoe-like quality. Winter barley LG Mountain sits at the top of the barley list as the highest yielding two row barley in the north and LG Flynn follows slightly behind on yield with a very high specific weight. Conventional oilseed rape variety Aspire offers the highest UK seed yield of all varieties on the AHDB List 2019-2020.

Wheats LG Skyscraper In over a decade, a soft wheat now tops the Recommended List at 106% over control; LG Skyscraper is a real breakthrough with an automatic recommendation based on a yield which is a clear 2% above all other varieties. “This is not a one off performance - LG Skyscraper has consistently performed over the past three contrasting years in official trials and with its high specific weight, good disease resistance plus midge resistance, it is well suited to all regions of the UK,” says Ed Flatman, senior wheat breeder with Limagrain UK. “The variety has particular interest for growers in the north, with grain suitable for distilling and mid-early maturity. LG Skyscraper’s early maturity offers growers elsewhere the advantage of top yields combined with the flexibility to spread harvest workloads, which is a rare attribute as highest yields often tend to be the result of extended grain fill from late maturity - which is not the case for LG Skyscraper.” As it’s a variety suited to the main sowing window and onwards, based on its growth and development - early sowing should be avoided, points out Mr Flatman.

LG Spotlight

LG Spotlight, at 104%, sits within the group of top hard feed varieties on the new Recommended List. The variety offers an exceptional combination of high yields, stiff straw and excellent physical grain quality. “LG Spotlight’s grain quality is impressive, with an average specific weight above 78 and Hagberg approaching 300; a combination not seen before in soft wheat. “What underlies this high Hagberg is one of the highest levels of sprouting resistance normally only seen in top quality bread varieties, giving growers security when erratic weather conditions delay harvest, says Mr Flatman. LG Spotlight has the best overall combination of top yield and stiff straw; both with and without PGR, of any variety on the List.”

LG Detroit

LG Detroit is a variety with good consistent Group 2 milling quality - superior to others in this sector, and with characteristics similar to many of the current Group 1 varieties. LG Detroit’s physical grain quality is good, and it has a high specific weight and Hagberg. The impressive attribute is its grain protein which, like it’s parent Crusoe, is consistently almost half a percent above the average expected at any yield. This is due to enhanced conversion of applied nitrogen into grain protein. “In the field, the variety has a good foliar resistance profile, with the benefit of the best available level of Fusarium resistance. For a bread quality wheat, it also has the significant advantage of resistance to OWBM, with Skyfall being the only other choice,”Says Mr Flatman.​

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

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