If you want a milling wheat in this position, especially in the second wheat slot, then KWS Zyatt would be a good choice. KWS Zyatt has a strong Septoria resistance useful for mitigating risks.
Performance of these later-drilled varieties is also important with regard to weed control, he says.
“The best thing you can do to combat blackgrass and stay reasonably profitable is to delay your drilling, but you also need to choose varieties that optimise this through an ability to establish well when sown late and cover the ground quickly so no room is left for weed growth.
“High tillering varieties that create a nice carpet and that are vigorous in the spring to steal a march on the blackgrass are also beneficial. A good canopy will extend weed competition throughout the whole of the season.”
Adding a greater range of varieties will also help with day-to-day management and workloads, John Miles points out.
“Fewer available spray days due to more variable weather conditions means most growers generally aim to be able get all their wheat sprayed in 2-3 days.
“If you have a large area of just one variety with a specific window for certain applications that puts a lot of pressure on you and you’ll probably have other things that need doing on those same days, as well.
“Apart from routine applications, if something unexpected happens and you need to get the sprayer out, you’re left with a lot of work to do in a short period of time.
“More varieties should mean a better spread of growth stages which mean you can manage your workload much better and sequencing your inputs in an optimal manner has got to be one of the most effective ways you can maximise profitability.”
It’s the same when it comes to harvesting, if we sequence the drilling right we also plan the harvesting he points out.
“With a range of varieties reaching maturity at different times you can spread your combining more evenly so just as your finishing one block the next one is ready.
“As well as reducing the chance that all your crop becomes ready at the same time, it’s a much better approach than having to chase all over the place trying to find crops that are fit before you might loose optimum quality and yield.”