A new website has been launched to highlight the range of cereal varieties offered by independent breeder Angus Wheat Consultants.
Headed by wheat breeder Bill Angus, the website currently focuses on winter and spring wheat and oats. The company’s objectives include increasing on-farm wheat yields while maintaining quality and optimising inputs.
“We felt that it was important for wheat breeding to have a strong UK-owned breeder in the marketplace – and we could see gaps in wheat variety development we could ﬁll,” explains Mr Angus.
Winter wheats Mv Fredericia and Garibaldi are the first varieties under the company’s F1 Seeds banner. An oat breeding programme is under way with higher yielding and better quality varieties currently in the national list system.
“Mv Fredericia exempliﬁes part of our philosophy,” says Mr Angus. “We could see the variety playing a strategic role on farm with its competitive strength in black grass control. In addition, its quality made it an attractive variety for a major end user.
“For the future, our winter wheat breeding programme is now mature with a comprehensive set of selection nurseries and trials at our main site in Suffolk, as well as in other key UK cereal growing regions.”
The company’s Global Oats UK breeding programme came about when Mr Angus met a former colleague who set up a similar initiative in New Zealand. The two breeders now collaborate on new oat varieties for the southern and northern hemispheres.
The crop has big potential for the UK, says Mr Angus. “Oats are seen by many as a low input crop, but this is not so – it is a crop which responds to good agronomy. With a targeted input strategy, yield and quality can be realised.”
Looking into the future, Mr Angus says the UK has some of the best growers, the best environment and some of the world’s most competitive wheat breeders – bringing in a range of genetics to meet the needs of growers and end users.