As harvest results come in from this season’s Belepi crops, they show the new soft biscuit-type wheat has given good yields across a wide range of crops with drilling dates from October through to the end of March.
“We are now getting confirmed yield results from growers, and these show good to excellent yields from crops drilled at both ends of the sowing calendar,” says Tom Nickerson of breeders agents Ebbage Seeds.
“For example, in Cambridgeshire, Paul Drinkwater’s yield meter clocked up 10.6t/ha off his Belepi crop, drilled after beet in the second week of December. Final yield, once the crop was in the store was exactly 10.00t/ha – a full tonne/hectare better than the wheat in his adjoining field.”
While in north Lincs, Matthew Hanson’s Belepi seed crop for GFP Agriculture Ltd yielded 9.64t/ha from a mid-October drill date, and its early August harvest met the grower’s requirement for an early wheat to spread the combining workload and get land clear for oilseed rape.
Tom Nickerson stresses that the results show Belepi is a highly flexible variety that can give a winning yield from a wide range of starting points.
“When you add in using its flexibility to drill in March to allow delayed autumn drilling, ploughing, and spring cropping to give you time to get on top of blackgrass – plus its smothering effect on blackgrass from its rapid spring growth – you have a variety that will suit a lot of wheat growers.
“And now we can confirm that, whatever the drilling date, DEFRA have stated Belepi is considered a spring wheat for the purposes of the CAP update,” adds Tom Nickerson.