Seed Industry

Largest Variety Trial at Syngenta Trial Site, Kilham

05 February 2022, UK: Amy Moore, the new Syngenta trialist for the North, is replacing Andy Cunningham and gave an insight into what will be available to see at the Syngenta Trial Site at Kilham, East Yorkshire this year.

There is currently a mix of six different cover crops in the ground to see what the impact will be on carbon emissions.

Several different pollinator mixes are yet to be drilled, which will make a lovely show at the Open Day in the summer.

The biggest variety screen ever drilled at a Syngenta Innovation Centre is here at Kilham with over 40 varieties of wheat, and nearly 30 varieties of barley (both hybrid & conventional). To demonstrate the growth habit of each variety, they have been drilled at a standard & lower seed rate. Their disease susceptibility will also be explored under a zero or full fungicide regime and finally demonstrating the standing strength of each variety, they will either receive a full or no PGR programme.

Other wheat and barley varieties have been drilled to look at seedcare products +/- biologicals on establishment and soil health. Vibrance Duo gets crops off to a great start in terms of quicker establishment, deeper rooting and increased tillering which has been seen over the last few years in trials, and also commercially. This trial will pull out the differences of co-applying different biologicals to see what the impact of adding them will make to Vibrance Duo and other seedcare products. Some of the bacterial/biological seed dressings have been developed to look at helping the crop fix its own nitrogen, so potentially allowing a reduction in the amount of manufactured nitrogen and therefore helping with the carbon emissions. We will see how they react for better or worse with Syngenta’s seedcare range later in the season.

Come and see our Solatenol Hexagon being demonstrated this season. We have six of the eight crops which are now on the Elatus Era (Solatenol) label in our Solatenol Hexagon here at Kilham. There will be wheat, barley (conventional and hybrid), rye, oats, beans and peas to see, but sadly no linseed or triticale.

Adepidyn, the new cereal fungicide molecule from Syngenta, is being put to the test in four wheat and barley varieties vs the competition – let’s see who comes out on top!

In some of the cereal plots, Syngenta are looking at the impact of biostimulants. When to apply and why to apply them.

The trial plots were drilled on 24th September 2021, along with the rest of field which is Firefly.

Follow us through the season and do come to our Open Day in the summer and meet the Syngenta team.