A guaranteed Group 1 contract for UK growers to grow MV Fredericia, the top-quality bread-making wheat bred by Angus Wheat Consultants, is now available through Glencore UK. The variety has very good grain quality with reliable protein contents, is suitable for late drilling, matures early and has good foliar and ear disease resistance.
The company says the contract presents an opportunity for the domestic high protein wheat requirement to be met by UK growers, with some protection from Brexit-related uncertainties. It also gives an alternative to growing feed wheat for export and helps reduce the carbon footprint of UK food production.
Wheat breeder Bill Angus highlights the key agronomics: “MV Fredericia has good protein content and quality, extremely high specific weights and a Hagberg comfortably above 350 resulting in good dough characteristics, meaning MV Fredericia has attracted interest for wholemeal flour.
“Late-drill suitability makes it a good choice after potatoes and sugar beet, or in high grass weed situations, as the fast speed of growth gives it a very good competitive edge, and its early maturity makes it an ideal entry crop for OSR. This was confirmed in Agrii blackgrass trials. The variety has good foliar disease resistance as well as a good level of resistance to Fusarium spp. Also, I would note that MV Fredericia requires a robust PGR programme, especially in more fertile situations.”
Raich Growdridge, purchasing director at flour miller Whitworth Bros adds: “We have done trial work with MV Fredericia over the last three years. It shows all the characteristics of a good nabim Group 1 wheat and we will be using it in our mills as it becomes more widely grown.”
More information and a fact sheet on the buy-back agreement is- available via www.anguswheatconsultants.com.