RGT Gravity

RGT Gravity has had a good year at Brockford Hall in Suffolk. The 40ha of second wheat was later drilled, on 27 November.

“We grew it on a contract farm on a good bit of land,” says Tony Pulham. “It wasn’t drained so it was wet when we drilled it with a crawler and a spring-tine drill. I went to put slug pellets on and was stuck within 20 yards.”

The crop emerged sporadically, but was fully through by the end of January and tillered strongly in March and April. It was combined in mid August and it yielded over 10t/ha.

“I’m pretty pleased with that this year, especially as there have been a lot of pinched grains and low bushel weight in the east this year because of the poor weather towards the end of the season, which has affected yields,” says Tony.

“RGT Gravity seems to be an underestimated variety – we grown it for five years for seed and it’s never let us down, and has given its best performances as a second wheat.

“It is easy to grow, yields consistently and has seems to have better disease resistance than its scores would suggest.”

Yorkshire grower Andrew Cawood’s 13ha crop of RGT Gravity grown as a first wheat excelled this harvest at Burley House Farm, South Milford, producing 11.35t/ha after peas.

The crop was sown into loamy spoils at the end of September at 290 seeds/sq m and got away quickly.

A 9.5ha block grown as a second wheat yielded 9t/ha, sown on 5 November without Latitude seed dressing. “I was happy enough with that, says Andrew. “Gravity is a variety that has done very well in this area.”

RGT Gravity continues to deliver the goods at Croft Marsh, near Skegness, hitting the heights this year as a second wheat, says manager Gavin Bowser.

“Some of it has been doing a nice steady 12t/ha, and overall our 105ha averaged 10.5t/ha.

“We direct-drilled the Gravity on 10 October, relatively early for us, after shallow cultivation to achieve a blackgrass chit. It’s looked well all season.”

Like all his wheats the variety received good rates of established SDHI and triazole chemistry at T1 and T2.

“We’ve grown RGT Gravity for a couple of years. It’s always been a nice clean wheat for us and it harvests well. If it was going to fall out of bed this would have been the year – we will definitely be sowing it again this autumn.”

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