TWO NEW OUTSTANDING NICKERSON WHEAT VARIETIES ADDED TO THE HGCA LIST! at Limagrain

TWO NEW OUTSTANDING NICKERSON WHEAT VARIETIES ADDED TO THE HGCA LIST!

Istabraq is a very high yielding Group 4 feed wheat with soft endosperm texture. Nijinsky is a very high yielding Group 3 variety with grain quality suitable for a range of domestic and export markets, and a yield similar to current market leading feed wheat varieties.

RECOMMENDED LISTS 2004 - BREEDER'S STATEMENT

ISTABRAQ
Winter Wheat

Breeder:   
/UK agent:   Nickerson (UK) Ltd

Media contacts:  Technical:  Bill Angus   Tel: 01359 241000
   Commercial: Frank Curtis  Tel: 01472 371471

Pedigree:   Consort x Claire

Breeder's statement:

Istabraq is a very high yielding Group 4 feed wheat with soft endosperm texture. The variety does not contain the 1B/1R wheat/rye translocation prevalent within the NABIM Group 4 varieties. This translocation is known to be disadvantageous in poultry diets. Istabraq has very good physical grain characteristics combined with a strong all round agronomic package. Uniquely Istabraq has the highest treated yield in every situation described on the 2004 'Recommended List', including all regions of the UK, first wheat, second wheat, light soils and heavy soils.

The key to Istabraq's very high yield lies in its remarkable consistency - not only across a wide range of growing conditions and agronomic situations, but also over its three-year period in official trials.

Istabraq has slightly longer straw than many modern Group 4 wheats (92cm average, compared to Claire at 89cm). It is however, extremely responsive to growth regulators, and in treated trials shows standing power equivalent to Claire; currently the most widely grown variety in the UK.

Istabraq has an excellent disease profile with good resistance to Septoria spp, again unusual in Group 4 varieties. This is particularly pertinent given the widespread distribution of strobilurin resistant Septoria. Istabraq combines high levels of resistance to yellow and brown rust and Fusarium - the latter being of particular importance in the food chain. The availability of yellow rust resistance is also timely now that more than half of the UK acreage has been sown with varieties susceptible to yellow rust.

Istabraq is being multiplied by most major seed merchants and will be widely available to farmers in 2004.

Marketing Note:

Istabraq and Nijinsky winter wheats have been named after famous racehorses. Istabraq is arguably one of the most famous and accomplished National Hunt horses in recent years, having been 'Champion Hurdler' at the world famous Cheltenham Festival for an unprecedented three years in succession.
          
In wheat breeding, as in thoroughbred horse breeding, crossing two donkeys together does not produce a champion. These names have been selected to reflect the strength of the pedigree of Istabraq and Nijinsky - both are bred from Consort x Claire, the two varieties that have dominated the UK wheat acreage in recent years.

The original Istabraq is now living in Ireland in his retirement and we are very grateful to the management at Martinstown Stud for giving us permission to use his name.

Date: 1st December 2003
The above statement has been provided by the breeder as supplementary information.
Neither HGCA nor Crop Evaluation Ltd accepts any responsibility for the comments contained in this document.

HGCA RECOMMENDED LISTS 2004 - BREEDER'S STATEMENT

NIJINSKY
Winter Wheat
Breeder:   
/UK agent:   Nickerson (UK) Ltd

Media contacts:  Technical:  Bill Angus   Tel: 01359 241000
   Commercial: Frank Curtis  Tel: 01472 371471

Pedigree:   Consort x Claire

Breeder's statement:

Nijinsky is a very high yielding Group 3 variety with grain quality suitable for a range of domestic and export markets, and a yield similar to current market leading feed wheat varieties. This excellent combination of yield and marketability is supported by a strong agronomic package, which includes good standing power, early maturity and very good resistance to all major UK wheat diseases.

Nijinsky combines the best features of its illustrious parents; Consort and Claire, in an excellent all round agronomic package which has performed reliably and consistently during three years of official trials. Particularly high yielding in the HGCA East and West regions. Nijinsky has the short, stiff straw (85cm, similar to Consort) that is such an important character for intensive wheat production.

Maturity is earlier than Consort, similar to Claire, and disease resistance is outstanding - with no resistance ratings lower than 6. A high level of resistance to Septoria spp has been inherited from Claire. This is particularly pertinent given the widespread distribution of strobilurin resistant Septoria within the UK Nijinsky's '8' for yellow rust resistance is particularly useful at a time when more than half of the UK acreage is sown with varieties that are susceptible to this cyclical disease.

The value of Nijinsky's soft milling texture, and flour properties similar to Claire/Consort, has already been highlighted by interest from both domestic and overseas end users. This is a useful benefit to growers with limited storage options who want to try a new variety alongside their old favourites.

Nijinsky is being multiplied by most major seed merchants in 2004 and will be widely available to farmers for sowing in 2004.

Marketing Note:

Nijinksy and Istabraq are named after famous racehorses. Nijinsky was, without doubt, one of the most famous and accomplished flat racing horses of modern times, winning the coveted "Triple Crown" of English Classics (2000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger) in 1970.

In wheat breeding, as in thoroughbred horse breeding, crossing two donkeys together does not produce a champion. These names have been selected to reflect the strength of the pedigree of Nijinsky and Istabraq- both are bred from Consort x Claire, the two varieties that have dominated the UK wheat acreage in recent years.

The original Nijinsky retired to stud following his Triple Crown, and sired 155 winning progeny of his own, before he died in 1990.

Date: 1 December 2003
The above statement has been provided by the breeder as supplementary information.
Neither HGCA nor Crop Evaluation Ltd accepts any responsibility for the comments contained in this document.

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