Speed of development from late drilling and disease resistance are the main reasons why Brixworth Farming in North Northamptonshire has gone into Group 2 KWS Extase in such a big way over the last three years.

“It just ticks so many boxes and, as the current mainstay variety, accounts for fifty per cent of our 650ha of wheat,” says Brixworth’s Ian Matts.

BASIS and FACTS certified, Ian is keen to make best use of precision farming, combined with the careful selection of varieties and tailored use of inputs to deliver optimum, sustainable, economic yields.

“Currently we have the Group 2 KWS Extase, the hard Group 4s KWS Dawsum and Gleam, together with the Group 3 soft milling wheat LG Astronomer.

“Gleam always looks like it is struggling and never fills me with confidence but has always performed well for us. KWS Extase (Boisseau x Solheio) is a complete contrast, a big, beefy, smothering variety that has been fantastic in all situations, can be drilled late and is early to harvest.

“We first grew KWS Extase three years ago based on its Recommended List performance, the fact that it did not have Cougar in its parentage, and because its untreated yield was the best (97%).

“That is important because I like to see how varieties perform with and without chemistry.

“The robust all-round disease package which KWS Extase provides and the variety’s exceptional Septoria tritici resistance (7.8) are also big considerations in its favour.”

“Last year it was the only winter wheat not to get a T0 and the only one where we did not need to control yellow rust, but nevertheless it looked good throughout the season.”


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