Wheat Optimum Drilling for 2020
What is the importance of variety selection?
It’s a simple truth that 80% of the potential crop production you are likely to see is in-built in the seed you drill.
You can influence it to a degree by good management, how much nitrogen you apply and the standard of your agronomy, but fundamentally what you will get from a yield and quality perspective is locked in when you make that variety decision.
The graphic below is designed to advise you on our wider portfolio of wheats and when each variety should be sown to achieve its optimum performance.
The bars indicate each wheat optimum drilling time, where orange represents the variety's Sowing for Peak Performance period and greys shows the full window of suitable sowing times.
Varieties we recommend drilling first
KWS Parkin, KWS Firefly and KWS Zyatt all perform well in a September sown slot.
Below is a table outlining the seed rates and timings we would recommend to get optimum performance from each variety.
|Variety||Drill it from:||Good seed bed conditions||Poor seed bed conditions||Light soil type||Heavy soil type||Comments|
|KWS Parkin||Mid September||280-300||300-325||250-300||300-325||
|KWS Firefly||3rd week of September||225-250||275-325||225-250||275-300||
|KWS Zyatt||4th week of September||*225-250||275-325||250-275||275-300||
*Good 2nd wheat seed bed
3 characteristics you need from a variety for later drilling
- Autumn vigour; establishing well and mazimising time for tillering
- Spring vigour; rapid movement making up for lost time from later drilling, whilst extending the grain fill period
- Proven performance; in yield and grain quality from the later sown slots
Ideal variety choices up until the end of November would be the KWS varieties Lili, Kinetic, Jackal, Zyatt, Barrel, Basset. Whilst Kerrin, Extase, Siskin, Crispin and the new Cranium continue to deliver strong performances drilled up to the end of December.
See the "Wheat Optimum Drilling Times" graphic above for the Peak Performance timings of each variety.
Seed rates we recommend for October and later drilling
Below is a table outlining the seed rates and timings we would recommend to get optimum performance from your wheats when drilling in October, November, December and January
|Month||Good seed bed conditions||Poor seed bed conditions||Light soil type||Heavy soil type||Comments|
|December to January drilling||425-500||500+||425-475||500+||