2017/18 Spring Cultivar book
The 2017/18 Spring sown cultivar book is now available.
The 2017/18 season will be remembered for its unusual weather events. The season began and ended with above average rainfall and in between we had very dry conditions and the hottest summer on record. Record rainfall at the beginning of the season in the north and east affected establishment and delayed sowing in many regions. A drought was declared in Taranaki and western parts of the Manawatu-Whanganui. Many crops across the country suffered from the heat, resulting in reduced grain yields and in some cases crops being harvested for silage instead.
Graham and new numbered lines KWW72 and KWW78 were the top performing feed wheat cultivars under both irrigated and dryland conditions in Ca
nterbury. These cultivars, along with CRWT233, were also top performers in Southland.
A number of new milling wheat lines are performing well. CRWT218 is a premium grade milling wheat yielding around 8% higher than Conquest in its third year of trials. CRWT235 is a medium grade milling wheat and SFR86-073 a gristing wheat, both performing well in their first season of CPT trials.
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