WHEAT

Wheat is Ireland’s second-largest cereal crop, with approx 60,000 hectares planted each year.

Typically, this is split as 90% winter wheat, and 10% spring which between them produce approx 650,000 tonnes of grain annually. Ireland can grow very high yields of wheat, but we also have to deal with increased disease pressure, especially from Septoria tritici and Fusarium nivale. For this reason, Goldcrop are keen to ensure any varieties brought to market are robust on disease resistance and can stand up to the vagaries of Irish weather, particularly in wet summers.

The vast majority (>90%) of the national wheat crop is sold as feed grain, used for cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. Only about 5% of the national crop grown is classified as ‘milling wheat’ and is used in the retail household flour market. About 2% of the crop is grown for seed production each year.

Winter Wheat

Winter Wheat DAFM Rec List

GRAHAM

Premio x Expert. Biggest selling variety last autumn taking 46% market share. Highest yielding…


KWS DAWSUM

Kerrin x Costello. High yielding variety from KWS which is also in second year DAFM official trials…


LG ILLUMINATE

(Cougar x Leeds) x Brittania. Exciting variety from Limagrain which is in second year DAFM official…


RGT SAKI

Cougar x Santiago. New soft Group 4 variety from RAGT UK which is now in second year DAFM official…


DUNSTON

(Alchemy x Hereford) x Shepherd. Group 4 feed variety from Elsoms / Saaten Union UK which we are…


CELLULE

Nogal x Almirante. Alternative type, bearded wheat from Desprez in France which has been grown…


KWS CONROS

Skalmeje x CPBT W134. Provisionally Recommended variety from KWS UK which has a current yield…


COSTELLO

(Cordiale x Biscay) x Timaru. Solid variety from KWS UK which ticks so many boxes on robustness and…


Spring Wheat

Spring Wheat DAFM Rec List

HEXHAM

KWS Westfield x KWS Flint. Candidate variety for recommendation in Spring 2021. Hexham has…


KWS TALISKER

KWS Westfield x Pepito. New variety on the 2020 recommended list. Highest yield potential (104)…