Growers throughout Lancashire and Cumbria have an excellent
opportunity to earn attractive and secure returns from
late-sown winter cereals this season with a novel speciality
wheat contract for harvest 2008 from Peterborough-based,
In partnership with leading wheat breeder, RAGT Seeds
and one of the country’s major millers, the innovative
close-loop contract pays a per tonne agronomy fee at a
fixed premium over feed prices for an improved starch wheat
that adds significantly to the quality of UK bread grists.
What’s more, the premium is available for a considerably
more flexible and less onerous specification than standard
bread wheat. And, as the seed remains the property of the
breeder, the grower has no seed costs to bear .
“We’ve developed our 2008 contract to supply
a type of wheat that helps our milling partner improve
bread quality while reducing the need for protein,” explains
James Wallace of Dalmark Grain
“In contrast to conventional breeding which focuses
on achieving the right protein quality, this wheat is the
product of a new approach to breeding for milling quality
that improves the functionality of the equally important
starch fraction of the grain.
“It offers an ideal opportunity for growers to get
themselves involved in a secure, premium food market similar
to the rapidly-developing speciality oilseed business,” he
insists. “This is the distinctive sort of quality
grain market in which UK growers increasingly need to specialise.”
James Wallace points out that all the improved starch wheat
crops grown on a number of UK farms and tested to date
over the past two years have met the required premium specification,
adding that the wheat yields on a par with Hereward and
demands no special agronomy.
Well suited to late-drilling, he sees the wheat being particularly
valuable for land originally destined for set-aside and
after root crops. He calculates that returns are at the
level of some of today’s most rewarding Hereward
Strictly limited seed supplies means Dalmark is offering
the new contracts on a first-come, first-served basis,
giving special priority to growers in the north west to
minimise haulage costs.
Full details are available from James Wallace at Dalmark
Grain, Eye, Peterborough on 01733 222391.
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