Buy-back contracts are being offered to UK farmers who grow a German E-wheat which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Nelson German ‘elite’ or E-wheat is consistently hitting high protein levels with lower nitrogen inputs, says UK distributor Cope Seeds. Millers are sourcing more of the British-grown grain because of its excellent bread making quality, it adds.
This means Nelson can earn a premium over normal group one wheats. Growers also benefit from the variety’s wide drilling window, early harvest, tall and stiff weed-suppressing straw, bold grain and its high untreated yield.
George Mason, from flour millers Heygates, says he is sourcing more Nelson wheat from British growers. “Based on a 14% protein level, Nelson brings us the quality and functionality that is displacing imported wheat,” he says.
Mr Mason adds: “We are looking to contract increased volumes going forward. In these difficult times of high fertiliser prices, we can also accept Nelson on a 13% protein basis – albeit at a Group 1 value.”
“We have a policy to support British grain over imported and support UK farming wherever possible. Nelson has been consistently popular with farmers. It is a highly efficient variety. The fact our farmers continue to grow it is testament to its agronomic and bread making benefits.”
Cope managing director Gemma Clarke says: “With the rising input costs really starting to pinch, it’s an even more attractive variety, because it can hit the protein levels required by millers like Heygates with less nitrogen.”
Nelson is ideal for milling wheat growers looking for a solid variety with a full Group 1 premium buy-back contract within the catchment of the Heygate mills – with other markets available if you farm outside this catchment.
The variety is suited to a wide range of soil types including drought-prone land or soils with limited yield potential. Cope Seeds and Grain will be celebrating Nelsons 10-year anniversary at Groundswell 2022.