Suffolk-based Limagrain UK has two Group 4 hard wheats on the AHDB Candidate List for 2021/22. The varieties – LG Farrier and LG Typhoon – offer growers different agronomic characteristics for on-farm positioning and performance, explains Limagrain arable technical manager Ron Granger.
LG Farrier (Evolution x Costello) is of medium height and maturity. It sits at 105% of treated yield control, alongside competitors from DSV and KWS. It moves fast in the spring (similar to LG Skyscraper), so PGR timings will need to be watched carefully.
A strong agronomic package sees Farrier ranked 7 for mildew, 9 for yellow rust, 8 for brown rust and 5 for septoria tritici. The grain quality is excellent too, says Mr Granger, with a specific weight of 78.9 kg/hl, along with a Hagberg of 279.
These characteristics are one of the main reasons that Farrier’s parent Costello was recommended and successful for so long, says Mr Granger. This year will separate Farrier from the competition and shows who is top dog for yield, he adds.
LG Typhoon (LG Garrus x LGW88), has a lower yield and specific weight. But its characteristics offer growers more on-farm security. They include 7 for mildew, 9 for yellow rust, 7 for brown rust, 8 for septoria tritici and OWBM resistance.
“LG Typhoon has produced high yields in the testing environments of the west and north so will be of particular to growers in those areas. It has the agronomic attributes desirable for earlier drilling situations.”
Group 4 hard wheats accounted for around 30% of the UK market in 2021. But it has been a few years since Limagrain had Group 4 hard wheats on the AHDB Recommended List. The last two varieties were Evolution (2014) and Stigg (2011).