Although KWS Extase’s 8.1 for Septoria control and 10.6t/ha untreated yield – the highest on the 2020/21 RL - are undoubtedly its headline figures, there’s much more to the variety than this, says the company’s Dr. Kirsty Richards.
“It’s unavoidable that growers are going to see these numbers and think they can cut inputs with Extase, which is true in the right conditions, but don’t forget it’s also the highest yielding of all the premium wheats on the current RL so it responds well to investment, too.
“Overall, it’s Extase’s combination of flexibility and resilience that means it is most likely to achieve its full yield potential in the real world.
“As a dynamic quality wheat it has also had a great response from millers thanks to a reliable baking performance along with an RL-leading Hagberg number of 297 and specific weight of 78.4 kg/hl and these help make Extase the stand out variety package.
The variety’s resilience means when the sprays are late, disease does not get into the plant and start robbing yield, she explains.
“Its about managing risk and if the disease pressure is low then Extase should have the cheapest fungicide bill on the farm.
“Extase may have a 9 for yellow rust but this is adult plant resistance which kicks in during the spring.
“It has not been listed by ADHB as exhibiting seedling yellow rust resistance so you may be safe to cut out T0 in the right conditions.