Latest RAGT varieties are set to impress

RAGT Seeds’ plant breeding team continues to keep the company’s variety pipeline full of promising new material, offering better yields and strong disease and pest resistance to help underpin profitable wheat production.

Nearest to market are the 2020 Candidate List varieties, which are vying for promotion to the 2022/23 Recommended List.

Some of these will be available for our Growers Club members to try this autumn, a year ahead of their potential commercial launch.

RGT Bairstow

This Group 4 wheat has continued to impress this season, thanks to its outstanding combination of very strong Septoria tritici resistance coupled with barn-filling yields. The variety is also rated positive for distilling.

In the latest provisional AHDB Recommended List trial results carried out on 26 sites nationwide, RGT Bairstow is achieving a mean treated yield score of 102% of controls for this season and 103% on the five-year mean, up with the best.

It is delivering exceptional results in the north, south, east and west, building on its early promise as a consistent performer.

Parentage is Revelation / Santiago // Cougar, which has produced an excellent all-round disease resistance package, borne out by its low Septoria infection rate in RL trials this season, which is averaging 11.6% (see graph below).

Good grain quality is reinforced by its reluctance to sprout in the ear and OWBM resistance.

Learn more about RGT Bairstow here.