Each year we are asked which is the best cereal species to use for wholecrop. Until the middle of the last decade, we did not know.
During 2005–6, NIAB undertook trials at two sites to compare different varieties. Variety differences were small, though significant, the difference between species were much greater. In 2015 we collaborated with Biotal to test all winter and spring species of cereal plus some bi-crops all harvested at five different growth stages. The trial was undertaken by NIAB-TAG at Harper Adams University.
We now have access to a comprehensive amount of data which helps to identify which species is most appropriate to each situation and the harvest management most appropriate to different ruminant or anaerobic digester diets.
Contact us for our Wholecrop Growers Guidelines and the associated costs of production for each species or mixture