Trial event showcases new and candidate wheat varieties

With many winter wheat crops starting to turn, variety decisions for next year will be at the forefront of many growers’ minds. A key challenge often facing growers in the north is assessing which varieties will perform best on their farm.

Wynnstay Woodheads, in conjunction with BASF, are hosting their annual Trials Event in East Yorkshire on Monday 27th June. This will include trials of existing and new varieties, as well as AHDB candidates. This year they are showcasing 30 winter wheat varieties, game cover crops, different crop protection programmes with ongoing group tours and, new for 2016, six spring wheat varieties.

James Hinchliffe farms is a family partnership and has held a trial event at Top House Farm, Rawcliffe Bridge, Goole, for nearly twenty years while working closely with Wynnstay Woodheads. James grows wheat, barley and oilseed rape, but has always had a passion for assessing developments in arable varieties.

Stephen Taylor, Wynnstay Woodheads Seed Manager, explains, “We’ve worked closely with the Hinchliffe family for almost 50 years. They are progressive, enthusiastic, and great ambassadors for the area.

“James values being able to see new varieties, watching different seed rates, spray applications, and chemicals being used, as well as seeing how the plots react and develop.

“We’re very interested to look at how the varieties perform in the trials, especially in the north eastern situation. Farmers want confidence that a variety will suit the climate and variables of an area and this event will demonstrate that. The day is a fantastic networking opportunity for farmers and a chance to gather varietal and technical advice from a number of different sources in one go.”

To register your interest for the Wynnstay Woodheads trials event in conjunction with BASF on Monday 27th June, please contact 01757 617000, or email michelle@woodheadsseeds.co.uk

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