As a top-up they sowed the spring wheat Tybalt in March and the judges - Martin Savage of NABIM
(the National Association of British and Irish Millers), Pat Thornton of HGCA, and Mark Ireland, a Lincolnshire farmer and former Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year - inspected both varieties when they visited East Close Farm at the end of June.
In recent weeks, wheat prices have hit an all-time high due to poor harvests and increasing global demand, Nabim
I have seen all the technical evidence from the meeting and even the FSA agreed with Ian Backhouse that it had worked really well, but NABIM
would not agree to drop their demand for a whole grain test on every milling wheat load.
Gallant is the first variety since 2002 to go straight into nabim
group1 and it is higher yielding than Xi19, with better grain quality and agronomic characters.
Group 4 wheat was planted on 37% of the surveyed area, an increase from 10% last season, with 9% of area outside of the nabim
classification system (8% last year).
It is a similar story within the nabim
groups, where the average Hagbergs are below 2006 averages in all cases.
The early wheat results, from samples analysed before August 22, indicate nabim
Group 1 wheat has an average moisture content of 14.5%, specific weight of 77.2 Kg/hl, Hagberg falling number of 255 seconds and protein content of 12.9%.
His comments follow last week's warning from the National Association of British and Irish Millers (Nabim
) that rocketing wheat costs would push up the price of bread.
The variety survey provides a breakdown of the 2007 UK wheat and barley crops by individual varieties and gives estimates of the likely area by nabim
Ms Finn said: "Particularly popular amongst the delegates were the blends of uks wheats (nabim
Group 3 varieties)."
Also, despite the fact that 85% of NABIM
Group 1 and Group 2 varieties harvested before the weather broke made the milling grade, early indications from the company's seed sales are that less quality wheat is being planted.
The early wheat results, from samples analysed before August 30, indicate nabim
Group 1 wheat currently has an average moisture content of 14.2%, specific weight of 76.8 Kg/hl, Hagberg falling number of 376 seconds and protein content of 13.7%.