Hybrid Wheat proves a consistent performer

Consistency, irrespective of the vagaries of the weather or challenging soil types, is one of the main benefits of growing hybrid wheat.

Across the Anglian region three-year averages – including this year’s harvest – are now available for Hystar and this advantage is becoming increasingly clear.

For example, on one North Essex farm Hystar has been grown on chalky boulder clay that has seen 32 years of continuous wheat production. Here it has averaged 9.96 t/ha over the past three years. This year it yielded 10.63 t/ha.

Further east, at Tillingham on the Dengie Peninsular, Hystar has been grown primarily as a second wheat on mixed soil types, much of which had previously been thought suitable only for barley. Here it has produced an average of 10.43 t/ha, with yields of 11 t/ha this year.

Where accurate comparisons are possible under farm conditions the hybrids have once again shown good performance this year, especially on marginal land, as shown in the table below.

Location Variety Soil type and rotation Yield

tonnes/ha

Clare, Suffolk Hystar Second wheat 12.0
Horsfold, Norwich Hystar Gravelly with sharp sand, not previously considered suitable for wheat 9.5
Watton, Norfolk Hystar “Blow away sand” 7.75
Belepi   4.70
Colchester, Essex Hystar “Pure sand” 7.77
  Conqueror   6.47
Tillingham, Essex Hystar Second wheat, reclaimed gravel pits 11.0
North Essex Hystar Continuous wheat 10.63
Beccles Hystar Very light land 11.6
Tumby, Lincs Hystar Pure sand 11.74
Sawtry, Huntingdonshire Hyteck Very heavy land, 2nd wheat 11.60
Gallant Ist wheat 9.88

Early Hybrid Wheat results for Hystar and Hyteck from the Anglian region with conventional wheat comparisons where available.

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