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Good Yield for Early-Maturing Bread Wheat Shown in Trials

The bread-making winter wheat variety Gallant has been a star performer across trials this season, says its breeder Syngenta.

Breeder Syngenta says the bread-making winter wheat variety Gallant has produced some excellent yields in trials this season, and can be drilled through October.

winter wheat variety Gallant

This may have been down to its early maturity in what turned out to be a difficult harvest, the company says.

“We’ve seen some high yields from Gallant this year, both in independent and our own trials,” says Syngenta cereal campaign manager, Melanie Wardle.

“For example, we’ve seen some excellent results in HGCA Recommended List trials, while in our own trials Gallant has produced 11.8 and 10.6 t/ha respectively compared with 10.8 and 9.9 t/ha for an alternative nabim Group 1 winter wheat.

“Gallant is an early maturing variety that perhaps hasn’t performed to its full potential in the last two dry springs or dry early summers. However in a more normal season – albeit wetter than we would hope for – Gallant in trials has shown it has good yield potential. In addition, we know that early maturity in a variety has benefits in terms of spreading harvest workload and for protecting Hagberg, and hence quality,” Mrs Wardle adds.

Based on a full series of NIAB TAG trials conducted independently around the country in 2012, Ben Freer of NIAB TAG agrees that Gallant this year has had a good season yield-wise in trials.

“Gallant has done well nationally,” says Mr Freer. “It’s stuck its head above the parapet and our data, combined with HGCA’s, confirm its ranking this year.”

According to Mel Wardle, for those growers still wishing to plant Gallant, Syngenta results have also shown that it yielded nearly 10 t/ha when drilled in October last year.

“Gallant can be drilled through October and onwards,” adds Mrs Wardle. “However, it is a true winter wheat so must not be drilled very late. The latest timing is before the beginning of December for maximum yield. Also, remember to adjust seed rates accordingly with later drilling,” she says.

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