Updated: Jan 21, 2021
RGT Wolverine, Europe’s first BYDV resistant wheat, joins a list of exceptional RAGT varieties on the 2021/22 AHDB Recommended List, including last year’s newcomer RGT Saki.
In addition, RGT Lantern looks an excellent choice for the second wheat slot.
RGT Wolverine has gained a UK specific recommendation for BYDV resistance. RL manager Paul Gosling said: “This is an important trait.
Growers have been struggling in many cases to control BYDV in the absence of a seed treatment, so it will be interesting to see how this variety is taken up by the market.”
The signs are good – uptake has been very strong by the trade this autumn and the variety has sparked much interest among growers.
This Group 4 variety produces very high yields and features a very useful agronomic package as well as BYDV resistance. There is no significant difference in its RL treated yield score of 102 and that achieved by the second and third highest yielders on the list, and it is just three points behind the top yielder.
David Schafer, RAGT Seeds UK wheat breeder, says: “RGT Wolverine remains a very competitive variety in its own right. As well as being very high yielding, it also has a highly desirable trait, and that really is quite impressive.
“Its promotion highlights how relevant the AHDB knows this is for growers, and it is good to see support coming back to breeders for this work.
“We have found a trait that addresses a specific problem and successfully moved it into UK adapted germplasm, which is very difficult to do.”
Last year’s RL newcomer RGT Saki, also a Group 4 wheat, had a very strong 2019/20 season. It scored 105 for treated yield, the highest for a fully recommended variety, topping off three excellent years before that.
As well as an exceptional treated yield, the variety features an excellent untreated yield, something that has eluded plant breeders until now.
This, together with OWBM resistance, relatively short straw and good grain quality, helps RGT Saki deliver consistent performances across all UK regions, rotational slots and soil types.
Candidate variety RGT Lantern, now commercially launched, also had an exceptional year in official trials where it was the highest yielding feed wheat in the second wheat slot, building on its already solid reputation.
This Group 4 variety is no slouch as a first wheat either. It has solid disease resistance scores and OWBM resistance as well as short, stiff straw and excellent lodging resistance.
Other RAGT varieties on the list include RGT Gravity, which also had a strong year that keeps it in the very highest yielding group. Stalwart Group 1 variety RGT Skyfall remains one of the UK’s most popular wheats seven years after its launch, while fellow Group 1 RGT Illustrious delivers exceptional breadmaking quality.
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