New top-class wheats bred to earn their keep

Updated: May 27

Four candidate wheat varieties from RAGT that combine strong septoria resistance scores with very high yields are vying for a place on the 2022/23 Recommended List, building on the company’s recent successes.

In recent years, we at RAGT Seeds have adopted a range of innovative plant-breeding technologies to push forward our science-led approach to variety development.

We have become a global leader in marker technology, enabling our talented team of plant breeders to access large areas of the wheat genome at low cost, helping them relate gene sequences to desirable physical features.

This has resulted in novel and enhanced traits to produce stand-out varieties such as Skyfall, the Group 1 variety that combines feed-wheat yields with breadmaking quality, and RGT Saki, a heavyweight Group 4 wheat with an exceptional disease profile that topped official yield trials last year.

Then there’s breakthrough variety RGT Wolverine, the first European wheat with resistance to barley yellow dwarf virus that gained Group 4 recommendation at the end of 2020.

Promising pipeline

Our plant breeding team never rests on its laurels, and they are developing some very promising new varieties that are set to build on their earlier efforts.

Nearest to market are the 2020 Candidate List varieties, all of which are vying for promotion to the 2022/23 Recommended List. For the first time in several years, the list includes a breadmaking Group 2 quality wheat and a Group 3 contender, as well as two strong Group 4s.

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

RGT Bairstow