Date: 8 September 2023

DSV Champion is in joint top position in the 2023 AHDB harvest results for currently recommended varieties with a five-year average yield of 106% of controls after 20 of the 30 fungicide-treated trials sites have now been recorded and validated.

The results published on August 6th, also show the newly RL-listed Group 4 variety DSV Oxford close behind the leaders with an average yield 104% of control in the five-year results, says the company's Sarah Hawthorne.

"Both DSV Champion and DSV Oxford have delivered great results in the AHDB trials with the five-year performance figures backed up by strong one-year results for 2023, too.

"In these, DSV Champion shares top spot at 107% of controls with DSV Oxford in second place from the list with 105% showing the resilience and yield potential of both varieties in what has been a challenging harvest for many.

"In the current 2023/24 RL, DSV Champion is 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 variety also has some of the best scores for yellow rust and Septoria resistance plus resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

"DSV Champion is also a great option for later planting with one of the highest scores on the list for a late drilled situation and is the second highest yielding wheat on the RL when grown as either a first or second cereal."

DSV Oxford is another success of DSV's Wardington-based breeding programme combining 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 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.

“This is complimented by a sound overall agronomic package including 6s for Mildew and Fusarium resistance with the added benefit of OWBM resistance.”