RAGT to show five of the UK’s number one varieties at Cereals

Five of the UK’s top cereal/oilseed rape varieties will take pride of place on RAGT Seeds’ stand at Cereal 2018.

The display underlines the enormous effort that RAGT has put into developing a strong pipeline of material in recent years, which has delivered a string of successes across a range of species. This has reinforced the company’s growing reputation for excellence among growers and end users.

“RAGT can now claim to be the number one plant breeder in the UK and Europe,” says managing director Simon Howell.

“Our success stems from a local approach to the breeding business, combined with innovative research and development on an international scale.”

Quality and disease resistance are two important attributes that are receiving an almost equal focus to yield in the company’s breeding programmes.

“That approach, backed by some of the most advanced technology in the business, is helping to deliver varieties that can produce consistently high on-farm yields season after season,” says Mr Howell.

RGT Skyfall, the Group 1 winter wheat that combines feed wheat yields with milling wheat quality, has been the UK’s most widely grown winter wheat this season and last, the first time a milling wheat had achieved that position for more than 25 years.

Its combination of high yields, excellent quality and good functionality has made it an out-and-out favourite among UK milling wheat growers and end users. It is set to maintain a top position in 2018/19.

RGT Gravity, RAGT’s new Group 4 hard wheat, is the highest yielding winter wheat in the UK. It gained automatic promotion to the latest 2018/19 RL, the first time a feed variety has achieved that for over a decade.

It has proved very consistent, outperforming all other varieties in three years of private trials, plus NL1 and NL2 and during its RL trial year. It suits a wide range of soils as a first or second wheat.

IBD-approved spring barley RGT Planet has claimed the largest share of the UK spring barley market share in the UK this season and probably in Europe. This variety is the highest yielding fully approved spring barley on the RL.

It is also set to be the to be the most widely grown variety of any cereal species across the globe, being grown in 42 countries in 2018.

RAGT also has two leading oilseed rapes in the UK at Cereals. RGT Alizze is the highest gross output variety with full UK recommendation, while RGT Windozz has the highest gross output on the East/West list.

In addition, winter oat RGT Southwark will be on show. This variety was added to the 2018/19 RL as the highest yielding quality oat, at 106%.

As well as highlighting the key attributes of these varieties, RAGT staff will be on hand to discuss their performance in various rotational positions and drilling dates.

* RAGT Seeds is exhibiting on stand 561 at the Cereals event, which takes place on 13-14 June at Chrishall Grange, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.



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