We know how our varieties perform in trial but what’s even more important is how they perform on farm, and that’s where our Growers Club comes in.
We would like to introduce one of our Growers Club members, Stephen Buckle, who is sharing his insights and experience with some of our varieties.
SM & DA Buckle, Limebar Farm, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire
Area farmed: 115 hectares
Soil types: Sandy loam
Key crops: Winter wheat, winter barley, spring wheat
Typical cultivations: Plough, power harrow/drill.
RAGT varieties: RGT Skyfall, RGT Saki, RGT Gravity – all in trials
Main markets: Milling (wheat), seed (winter barley)
Choosing suitable wheat varieties is always time well spent, but for continuous wheat grower Stephen Buckle, it’s become a labour of love.
“There’s no substitute for trying new varieties for yourself, as no two farms are the same,” he says. “But it is particularly beneficial here – no-one does trials on continuous wheat in my area or anywhere else, as far as I am aware.”
Over the past three years, in association with GrainCo, Stephen has been trialling over 15 varieties on large-scale field trials at Limebar Farm.