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State of play - spring seed availability in 2018

The 2018 spring seed market continues to see tight seed supplies across the UK, with some of the most popular varieties selling out before the New Year.

Spring barley:
Spring barley seed demand is high again for 2018, with increases in spring cropping being driven by poor autumn sowing conditions, or blackgrass issues, in several areas of the UK. RGT Planet and Kelim continue to be prove themselves as popular varieties – with RGT Planet providing consistently very high yields and malting potential and, for those who are looking at straw yield, Kelim is an obvious choice.

We are now sold out of Laurette, Sienna and old favourite, Westminster but have a number of alternative options for growers leaning towards these varieties.

Spring wheat:
We currently have full availability of our wheat varieties – offering four very strong options for spring wheat growers. Mulika is a decent yielder with Group 1 Milling potential. Alderon and Kilburn are Group 4 feed varieties. Alderon produces good yields. It has a short stiff straw and good spec weight, whilst Kilburn offer very high yields, long straw and vigorous establishment. The final option for growers is Belepi, which is a cross between a winter and spring wheat and must therefore be sown by April.

Spring oats:
This spring, oat seed availability is particularly tight with much of the production in the north being lost due to the poor harvest conditions last season. We currently still have the new variety Elyann available which offers superior grain quality and is the only spring variety acceptable to some buyers. Please speak to your local Wynnstay specialist soon for more information.

This spring, we are offering two strong pea varieties, Campus and Prophet and both are currently still available. In terms of beans, we are now sold out of Fanfare. However, other available varieties include; top yielder, Vertigo and the high yielding and stiff variety, Lynx. The area of spring beans may reduce slightly in 2018 due to changes in Greening regulations, but we do not expect large adjustments to cropping patterns.

If you are thinking about ordering your spring seed in the next couple of weeks, it is also worth looking at the benefits of using additional seed treatments on top of standard single purpose dressing on spring crops.

If you are drilling cereals in an area which was medium to long term pasture, it is important to use Austral + as this will help to protect the seed against wireworm.

In terms of establishing a strong rooting system for your spring crop, treatments such as Turbo and Kick-off are the top choices.

With a relatively short growing season spring crops that show Manganese deficiency are likely to suffer a yield penalty. We would always advice applying Manganese in addition to your standard treatment in conditions where deficiency may be shown.


To speak to a specialist about Hi-Gene Spring Seed (Grown on Blackgrass Free Land) call the Seed Department on 01939 210777.
Or click here to find your local Arable & Forage Specialist.


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