7 Apr 2009

Promising varieties of milling wheat identified

12:00 pm on 7 April 2009

The Foundation for Arable Research says the latest trials of autumn-sown milling wheat in Canterbury have identified several promising new cultivars.

Cereals project manager Rob Craigie has analysed the results of 14 varieties sown on four irrigated sites and four non-irrigated sites.

The Saracen and Conquest varieties, both from Plant & Food Research, have performed well, he says.

Mr Craigie says the Foundation also trialled 16 varieties of feed wheat from Southland to Manawatu. One called Wakanui performed particularly well on all eight sites.

The trial results will be made available to grain growers in a booklet.