Late-drilled wheats you can depend on

Updated: Nov 15

Tom Dummett, RAGT cereal and oilseed rape product manager

Many growers have made good progress with their drilling programmes this autumn, though the recent spell of wet weather has slowed things down.

Others will have areas to drill after roots and late maize, and some with serious grassweed problems may have delayed until relatively recently.

With luck the weather will remain kind and drilling will be completed with the minimum of fuss, which would represent a much-needed improvement in growers’ fortunes after the past couple of autumns.

However, having a few bags of a variety with proven late-drilling credentials is never a bad thing.


Being able to drill through to the end of February or even later provides valuable insurance and much-needed flexibility when the weather does take a prolonged turn for the worse, especially on well-bodied soil when you might be left wondering if you will be able to establish a viable crop.

Most varieties on the current Recommended List have an advised latest safe sowing date of end of January to ensure sufficient vernalisation – the period of low temperatures required to trigger the transition from vegetative to reproductive phase.