Date: 1 September 2023

DSV Champion is topping the one-year harvest results in 2023 AHDB early sown trials published on 29th August with the newly RL-recommended DSV Oxford close behind.

With results from five sites collected, DSV Champion takes the number one spot for one-year yield at 109% of control with DSV Oxford in third place delivering 104%.

DSV Champion also achieves an average yield for 2019 - 23 of 107% of control - just 1% behind the highest in the trial - with DSV Oxford at 104%

"DSV Champion is a proven performer, currently holding the Guinness world record for wheat yield, but DSV Oxford is showing it is not too far behind in trials across the UK," says DSV's Sarah Hawthorne.

"In addition to its fantastic yield, DSV Champion has a robust agronomic package combined with solid grain quality plus it has some of the best scores for yellow rust and Septoria resistance on the current RL. It's got OWBM resistance, too.

"Although it's good to see DSV Champion taking top spot in the early sown trials, the variety's powerful growth habit, being five days faster than average in the late sown period (Nov), means we don't recommend drilling it in the early Sept. drilling spot.

"It's the top variety when drilled on heavy soils and second on light soils, confirming its versatility and suitability to a wide range of sites. The latest safe sowing date for for the variety is mid-February."

DSV Oxford, another success of DSV's Wardington-based breeding programme, combines high treated and untreated yields with a robust disease package borne out of the breeding station’s relatively Westerly location, she adds

"As well as top tier yield performance, DSV Oxford is also a variety that excels when it comes to grain quality and in-field reliability.

“RL protein content is 11.3%, which is exceptional for a such a high yielding Group 4, and specific weight is 76.0 kg/hl which is very  acceptable for this type of variety, particularly when taking into account its outright yield.

“On the disease resistance front, DSV Oxford scored one of the lowest incidences of yellow rust in AHDB trials over recent years resulting in a 9 for yellow rust resistance in the latest RL."