Two new hard feed wheat varieties attracted attention at the KWS stand at Cereals 2019 – KWS Kinetic and KWS Parkin.
As the highest-yielding candidate in Recommended List (RL) trials for two years, at 105 per cent of controls, hard feed variety KWS Kinetic is an early maturing and stiff strawed variety, with good grain quality at 78.7kg/hl. It also has orange wheat blossom midge (OWBM) resistance.
Will Compson, KWS cereal and sales manager, said: “KWS Kinetic combines a high treated and untreated yield, good disease resistance and the best combination of protein, Hagberg falling number and specific weight of any candidate variety.”
With an untreated yield close to KWS Siskin, interest in KWS Kinetic is such that KWS took the unusual step of releasing seed for multiplication before it completed National List trials, meaning growers will have access to C2 seed this autumn.
The second candidate, Group 4 hard feed variety KWS Parkin, is very early maturing – similar to Grafton – said Mr Compson.
“It is stiff strawed and very short at 78cm, with a treated yield of 103 per cent of controls. It can be pushed hard.”
Parkin has performed particularly well in the North and West regions, but it is also well suited to the East where lodging is more prevalent, he added.
New to the two-row winter barley scene, was RL Candidate KWS Hawking.
Describing it as the next generation of two-row feed barleys, breeder, David Harrap said: “Hawking is the highest yielding two-row feed Candidate, with 107 per cent of controls. At 70.2kg/hl it has a specific weight better than most of the varieties on the RL, and has good resistance to lodging.”