Date: 16 August 2023

DSV Champion, the variety holding the current world record for wheat yield, is more than living up to its reputation in 2023 AHDB harvest results published on August 16th.

The company's newly RL listed Group 4 hard wheat variety DSV Oxford is also delivering impressive results.

With four sites in Devon, Kent, Suffolk and Cheshire recorded, DSV Champion shares top spot for five-year average yield with 106% of treated controls.

One-year year average yield for DSV Champion is also 106%, closely followed by DSV Oxford at 105%.

"DSV Champion is a winner in so many ways," says DSV's Sarah Hawthorne. "In addition to its fantastic yield, it's got a robust agronomic package combined with solid grain quality."

"It has some of the best scores for yellow rust and Septoria resistance on the current RL, plus resistance to orange wheat blossom midge.

"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.

"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.”