Importantly, KWS Cranium adds seedling resistance to Yellow Rust to the hard Group 4 sector, he points out.
“Yellow rust can occur across the whole of the UK with potential yield losses of up to 50% often reported in untreated or susceptible wheat varieties.
“Avoiding high risk factors such as drilling susceptible varieties, sowing early and poor control of green bridges from previous crops are key, but the warmer, wetter winters we experience more of now are a largely unavoidable catalyst for the disease.
“Strong varietal resistance at both seedling and adult stage is, therefore, an increasingly important feature for growers to factor into their management and KWS Cranium’s robust Yellow Rust protection and high yield potential is a real breakthrough for Group 4 growers.”
With recent surveys suggesting nearly 70% of producers now plan to drill their wheat in the later slot, KWS Cranium’s speed of development is of huge benefit too, Will Compson adds.
“KWS Cranium has the best late-drilled performance in the 2021/22 RL producing a yield of 108% of controls compared to 106% for the next closest variety recommended for later drilling.
“In our own trials, KWS Cranium is one of the faster developing varieties being amongst the first to reach Growth Stage 32. In this way it achieves good ground cover allowing it to outcompete weeds more easily whilst creating a good plant stand.
“KWS Cranium’s reliable grain package, including a good HFN (277) and specific weight (75.3kg/hl), further adds to its overall appeal.”