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KWS Siskin moves to nabim Group 2 as breeder's appeal upheld

The winter wheat variety KWS Siskin’s status has been changed from nabim Group 4 to Group 2 after a review of data by the milling industry organisation’s Varieties Working Group.



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Following the original decision in November 2015, which saw the variety join the AHDB winter wheat Recommended List as a Group 4, nabim undertook a review of milling and baking test data for KWS Siskin, which included performance data from a range of new trial sites.

 

As a result of the review, it was concluded on January 13, 2016 that the original decision did not reflect all growing situations.

 

Martin Savage, nabim trade policy manager, says: “Based on the evidence we had in November, KWS Siskin was judged to have the characteristics of a Group 4 variety.

 

“An appeal was received from KWS, the plant breeder, stating that the original nabim decision had placed undue weight on one data set.

 

“Additional data was then considered which helped to show that KWS Siskin’s bread-making performance variability was within the acceptable range for a Group 2 variety.

 

“This is the first appeal against a decision made by the nabim Varieties Working Group and we are delighted at the positive outcome as it shows the value of appeal.”

 

KWS Siskin was listed as a Group 4 variety in the first online edition of the Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds 2016/17 (RL), which appeared on November 30, 2015 but will be listed as a Group 2 in the final RL booklet, which is typically published in February.

 

Dr Simon Oxley, who heads the Recommended Lists project, says: “The period between the publication of the online Lists and the final RL publication provides opportunities to refine recommendations.

 

“Because of the commercial importance of the RL, it is not unusual for plant breeders to appeal decisions.

 

“Each appeal is considered seriously and evidence reviewed thoroughly. As this decision related to the milling performance of KWS Siskin, the appeal was considered by the nabim Varieties Working Group.

 

“We fully support the decision made by nabim to alter KWS Siskin’s group status from Group 4 to Group 2 and have updated our online tables to reflect this decision.”

 

KWS managing director Andrew Newby has welcomed the decision, saying he has always been confident in the variety’s suitability as a bread-making wheat.

 

“The decision to downgrade KWS Siskin to a Group 4 came as a surprise and we felt there was justification for an appeal.

 

“nabim is also to be applauded for the way in which it managed the appeal. This is the first appeal of its kind and there was no precedent for how it should be handled,” he says.

 

The AHDB Recommended List for winter wheat has been updated to reflect the changes.

 


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About KWS Siskin

  • KWS Siskin achieves a high yield, high Hagberg Falling Number and has good straw strength
  • It also has a good disease resistance package, reflected in its untreated yield which the highest on the RL
  • It has the highest rating for resistance to septoria tritici (7) on the List, alongside good resistance to rusts and mildew
  • nabim has commented that over the three years of testing, this variety showed a degree of variability in its baking performance and may be more suited to use in blends. Some yellowness may be seen in the flour colour
  • The variety is also classified as a ukp wheat, indicating it is a milling wheat suitable for export

(Source: AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds)

 

The nabim classification system

Group 1 – Varieties that produce consistent milling and baking performance

 

Group 2 – Varieties that have bread-making potential but are not suited to all grists

 

Group 3 – Varieties that are soft and suited to making biscuit, cake and other flours

 

Group 4 – Varieties not classified under the nabim system which are grown mainly as feed wheats

 

(Source: AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds)

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