Hybrid Wheat open days

The national Hybrid Wheat open day is at Cowlinge, near Newmarket, on Wednesday 2nd July 2014.

The open day starts at 10.30am with lunch available from 12pm to 1.30pm. The last tour will begin at 3pm.

This year there is much more to see and the tours are divided into three areas:

A demonstration of commercial hybrid wheat, parent lines and up and coming hybrid wheat varieties. This will also include seed rate work for first wheat.

Hybery versus other mainstream bread making wheats with a range of nitrogen timings, as well as Yara nitrogen response work on first wheat.

A second wheat field demonstrating seed rate comparisons and Yara nitrogen response work.

Please note the postcode CB8 9HN which will bring you to the trial field.

To help us with catering and plot tours please register your interest by emailing sarahmcgarr@cropco.co.uk


Hybrid Wheat varieties will also be on display at our regional distributor open days including:

17th & 18th June – DKB Crop Protection (Walworth) 01325 489848

24th June – BCW Agriculture (Market Drayton) 01630 655722

2nd July – Pearce Seeds Open Day (Sherborne) 01935 389226

7th July – Acorn Seeds (Downham Market) 01366 388915

9th July – Wallace of Kelso 01573 224131

If you are attending Cereals 2014 you will find Hybrid Wheat with parent varieties in the Velcourt area.

You will find further details on all these events here as they become available.


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Come and see us at the Essex Young Farmers show

There will be a warm welcome on our stand at the Essex Young Farmers Country Show on Sunday 18 May, Boyton Hall, Roxwell.

You will find us beside the main ring and we will have a BBQ, hot drinks and lots to see.

We look forward to seeing you there.

More details on the show can be found here (and Essex Young Farmers new single is here).

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Hybrid Wheat competition winner

Essex arable farming business I J Macauley and Sons is the winner of CROPCO’s Hybrid Wheat competition, held at the Lamma show in January.

Sufficient Hybrid Wheat seed will be supplied for 5 ha, available for autumn sowing this year. The farm, based near Colchester has not previously grown Hybrid Wheat.


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New spray store spill kit


Independent agricultural merchants CROPCO have introduced a Spray Store Spill Kit, developed specifically for on-farm stores.

spill kitThe kit comprises everything needed to deal safely with spills and leaks. It is contained within a 100 litre wheelie bin – which in the event of a spillage can be used for contaminated material – and includes eye wash, a first aid kit, a 20 kg sack of absorbent granules, a broom, shovel and heavy duty rubble sacks with ties.

The complete kit costs just £99 + VAT and delivery.

John Poulton of CROPCO said:

“The spill kit is intended for use by someone wearing suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a respirator or protective spectacles, which spray operators would be wearing or have readily available. The kit is in a convenient container to keep in the store and demonstrates best practice, while meeting farm assurance requirements.”

Press contact:

John Foster – 01473 652195 mediamatters@mac.com


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Harvest Newsletter 2013

See how Hybrid Wheats have fared across the UK in our Harvest Newsletter.

HW newsletter Harvest 2013

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Open Day shows Hybrid Wheat advantages

Will Hybrid Wheat outperform conventional varieties for yield and quality this season, as demonstrated in UK trials last year? This was the obvious question on the minds of visitors to the Hybrid Wheat Open Day at breeder Saaten Union’s Rosalie Field Station, Cowlinge near Newmarket.

Hybrid Wheat varieties in trial plots exhibited hybrid vigour through visual indicators such as larger flag leaves and – for some varieties under test in untreated plots – in extra height. But the real benefit is in what could not be seen, according to Saaten Union UK Technical Director Richard Jennaway:

“Hybrids develop a larger, stronger root structure. This is particularly useful in sub-optimum conditions because the plant is better able to scavenge for moisture if it is very dry or for nutrients in poorer soils. Last year was pretty challenging and we saw hybrids do very well here. This year we won’t really know how they have fared, compared to conventional varieties, till harvest but at this stage most hybrids are looking strong.”

Trials include comparisons of low input, medium ‘farm’ input and high input plots of Hybrid Wheat varieties Hybery, Hystar, Hyteck, marketed in the UK by national distributor CROPCO. Hybery, which offers bread making potential in the UK, is currently in National List trials.

A seed rate trial is also underway with drilling rates of 150, 180, 210, 240, 300 seeds/m2 for each of the main varieties. The recommended rate is currently around 210 seeds/m2, although some adjustment can be made to take account of drilling date or soil type. Early drilling, for example, may allow a reduction in seed rate as hybrids tend to produce a larger number of viable tillers.

Visitors were also able to see Hybrid Wheat varieties alongside their parental lines. The direct comparison provided a clear visual indication of the differences between each hybrid and its parents and of the effects of heterosis.

Due to the late season most untreated trial plots were exhibiting relatively low levels of disease but the Hybrid Wheat varieties currently marketed in the UK have low susceptibility to most major UK disease threats.

John Poulton of CROPCO, based near Sudbury, said:

“The variety Hystar is now in its fifth season and is once again thriving in many locations at this stage. It is particularly interesting for its ability to ‘travel’, being grown successfully from Denmark to Portugal, Ireland to Hungary. In France, where some 7% of winter wheat grown from registered seed is Hybrid Wheat, Hystar represents 80% of the Hybrid market.

“The area of Hybrid Wheat grown in the UK is also expanding rapidly and at our recent regional distributor open days I have seen some excellent crops, from Scotland to the West Country.”



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Hybrid Wheat regional open days

In addition to our national Hybrid Wheat open day near Newmarket on 3 July 2013, there are a series of regional open days, providing an ideal opportunity to see the latest developments first hand on a farm near you. The open days and evenings include:

14 June – Acorn Seeds open day

Stody Estate, Melton Constable, Norfolk – from 2 pm

Contact George Maule,  Acorn Seeds 01366 388915 for more details and to register.

18-19 June – DKB open days

From 10 am – 5 pm each day at Low Walworth Farm, Walworth, Darlington.

Hybrid Wheat varieties Hystar, Hyteck and Hybery are on display as 2nd wheats and are said to “look well compared to the rest”. There are also 52 varieties of winter wheat, barley and OSR in total.

Contact Vernon Spinks 01325 489848 for more details.

25 June – BCW Cereals Demonstration Night – from 5.30 pm

Hosted by Mr Rob Morgan, Home Farm, Acton Burnell, SY5 7PG

In addition to three Hybrid Wheat varieties the event includes 10 OSR varieties, six of winter barley and 14 winter wheat, plus a fungicide performance trial showcasing SDHI chemistry.

Contact Sion Price, 01630 655 722 sion.price@bcwagric.co.uk for more details.

1-2 July – Wallace of Kelso open days

Contact Cam Murray, 07528 117937 cam@wallaceofkelso.co.uk for more details.

3 July – Pearce Seeds open day

Contact Paul Taylor, 01935 389226 for further details.

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Hybrid Wheat Open Day

Don’t miss our Hybrid Wheat Open Day, 3rd July 2013.

See how the new Hybrid Wheat varieties Hybery and Hyteck are performing at the Rosalie Field Station, Bradley Road, Cowlinge, near Newmarket CB8 9HU.

Tours begin from 10.30 am and a BBQ lunch will be provided.

To register or for more details call 01787 238200 or complete the short Contact form (click CONTACT in the top menu).

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Hybrid Wheat Newsletter Spring 2013

Read about the latest developments in Hybrid Wheat

  Hybrid Wheat Newsletter Spring 2013 (503.4 KiB)

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Hybrid Wheat Winner

Aberdeenshire farmer Douglas Gammie is the winner of CROPCO’s Hybrid Wheat competition, launched at the Lamma show in January.

Mr Gammie wins sufficient Hybrid Wheat seed for 5 ha, available for autumn sowing this year.

John Poulton of CROPCO said:

“Interest in Hybrid Wheat is growing rapidly across the UK and although it was the first time we had attended the Lamma show we were very pleased with the response.  Hybrid Wheat continues to expand on the continent and in the UK last season growers reported excellent performance on land that seldom produces good yields, while millers have been delighted with samples.”

Douglas Gammie said:

“It was my first time at the show and to win something was a pleasant surprise. I have no direct experience with Hybrid Wheat and will be very interested to see how it performs. We like to grow some earlier varieties and look forward to finding out more about the Hybrid Wheat variety proposed for our farm conditions.”

Douglas Gammie will receive his prize from local Hybrid Wheat distributor, Wallace of Kelso.


Press contact:

John Foster  – 01473 652195      mediamatters@mac.com

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