NEW CHILTON WHEAT LEADS GROUP TWO RECOMMENDATIONS
Class-leading consistency of high-level yield and quality are the key attributes of DSV’s
first ever UK wheat variety Chilton, says Dr. Matt Kerton, head of the company’s wheat development
The group two variety, which is the only new bread-making wheat to make it onto the HGCA
Recommended List for 2013/14, has the highest yield of all current bread-making varieties combined
with a higher specific weight than any group one variety.
Chilton’s top spot shows it having a treated yield of 100.3% of the control of 10.2 tonnes/ha,
a specific weight of 78.2 kg/hl and a Hagberg falling number of 271. Its overall quality profile
classifies it as suitable for both UK bread-making and as a ukp bread wheat for export.
Furthermore, the 2013/14 Recommended List shows Chilton’s yield has varied by a maximum of 2%
either side of its average over the last four years, whilst other group two varieties have suffered
yield fluctuations of up to 11% over the same period.
“Chilton has been bred to deliver a reliable combination of high yield, outstanding specific
weight and good overall bread-making quality in a variety of locations and growing conditions,”
Matt Kerton says
“Its solid genetics give it a remarkable ability to buffer a wide range of environmental
scenarios. In fact, Chilton’s core characteristics are marked by an almost flat line when looking
at development trials over the last four years, whilst its competitors show wide variances in
The variety has a strong, stiff stem giving it good performance with regard to lodging and a
reliable disease package with good resistance to yellow rust and fusarium.
“Chilton also has a very good untreated yield score demonstrating a healthy tolerance to
diseases in the field, and although other varieties have better resistance to brown rust, its top
yield proves that disease management can be easily and effectively achieved as part of a routine
The variety puts DSV on the map as a wheat breeder and compliments its existing Oilseed Rape
activity where genetic resilience and ability to deliver high performance in a wide range of
variable conditions has always been a hallmark of the company’s varieties, Matt Kerton
“We are delighted that our first wheat for the UK is a class leader and is 100% in line with
the DSV breeding ethos. We honestly feel it has precisely the right characteristics to give UK
wheat growers confidence following the very difficult conditions encountered in 2012 and the
climate variability of previous years.
“We believe Chilton offers a great opportunity for UK producers both as a first wheat
contender and a strong second wheat option and is a great start for our wheat programme moving