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A strong pipeline of new KWS cereal varieties are now entering candidate testing with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. Strong pipeline puts eight KWS cereal varieties on candidate list

A strong pipeline of new KWS cereal varieties are now entering candidate testing with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

In total, eight new cereal varieties from the breeder join the 2021 candidate list. It follows the addition of KWS Cranium winter wheat and KWS Tardis winter barley to the 2021/22 Recommended List.

KWS is focused on a robust line of similar Sowing for Peak Performance varieties coming through the pipeline, with the first eight of these now entering UK official testing, says KWS UK manager Will Compson.

In all, there are seven new wheats entering candidate trials – including potential bread-making, biscuit, hard feed and spring-sown varieis. There is also a new six-row barley with BYDV tolerance and malting potential.

Wheat varieties

The bread-making candidate is KWS Palladium, alongside biscuit varieties KWS Guium and KWS Brium. Hard feed wheats are KWS Dawsum and KWS Henum. Spring wheats comprise KWS Ladum and KWS Fixum.

“KWS Palladium is a potential breadmaker with excellent yield and an exceptionally clean disease package including a 7 for septoria and early maturity. It’s an exciting package that will make it a useful addition to the UK breadmaking basket.

“With great grain quality in terms of Hagbergs and high specific weights, KWS Guium is a potential biscuit type with late drilling potential and a good agronomic package including a 9 for yellow rust resistance.

“KWS Brium has a 9 for yellow rust and great performance in both the North and South of the country and offers the advantage of distilling potential alongside a great feature set for professional biscuit producers.”

KWS Dawsum and KWS Henum are classic barn-filling hard Group 4 wheat varieties, says Mr Compson. KWS Dawsum combines good grain quality with high yields and a strong disease package – including a 9 for yellow rust, an 8 for mildew and a 7 for Septoria.

“It’s a really strong performer – particularly in the west of the country.  It’s also a variety that can offer real flexibility on-farm thanks to its ultra-wide sowing window.”

With a similar disease package, KWS Henum has an impressive score for Septoria resistance, which could earn itself a place on many UK farms. KWS also has two new spring wheat varieties on the new candidate list, he adds.

“KWS Ladum is a breadmaking candidate and KWS Fixum is a feed type. Both offer the potential for growers to take spring wheat yields to the next level and represent exciting new developments in this market sector.”

Winter barley

KWS Feeris is a new six row winter barley with BYDV tolerance.  KWS Feeris has the potential to offer growers tolerance against the losses of BYDV that many barley crops are subject to in the post-neonicotinoid era.  

The variety experiences the same aphid infestations as susceptible varieties, but viral infection affects the crop at a reduced level – protecting the yield on farm. Tolerance is not total but robust. It is under evaluation with the UK maltsters for its potential in the brewing market.

“Such varieties are a strong indication of what is to come from KWS in the next few years as we move to a future where yield is still of critical importance but so too is resilience and reliability in the face of more challenging conditions for cereal production.”