First harvest Skyfall very promising says ADM Milling

The first of the 2014 harvest of Skyfall, RAGT’s new milling wheat, was recently delivered to ADM Milling’s Tilbury plant. Described as “very promising” by Mark Ringrose ADM Milling’s Trading Manager, the specifications at intake were 12.8% protein, 398 Hagberg and 80.7kg bushel weight. The wheat was from a second wheat crop which yielded 10.5t/ha.

“This is the first intake of commercial crop from our ADM Connect ‘Field to Flour’ initiative – it was grown by S&J Padfield and Partners at Codham Hall, Brentwood,” he said. “What is really pleasing about this variety is that it is delivering for both farmer and miller – it’s yielded well and is of a good milling spec.”

“Given the industry’s interest to see Skyfall move from its current provisional to full milling approval, we were clearly looking to mill the wheat and bake the flour as soon as possible, the results of which have confirmed that both flour analysis and baking performance were similar to other Group 1 varieties that have been baked from the 2014 harvest.” He added that ADM Milling will soon be supplied with further commercial crops from other selected ADM Connect growers across a wide spread of the UK.

”We are looking for these additional crops to also support the early encouraging baking performance we have seen from Skyfall’.”

On the back of the company’s confidence in Skyfall, ADM has put Skyfall buyback contracts in place for the 2015 harvest.

Grower Christopher Padfield explained that the crop was harvested at the same time as the farm’s Solstice crop; “Skyfall yielded nearly 7% more than Solstice, which is what the Recommended List says it will do. It achieved the full milling spec, earning us a £27.50 premium.”

Mr Padfield plans to replace his Solstice with Skyfall next year in the first and second wheat slot, as well as continuing to grow Gallant.

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