Triticale is a much maligned cereal crop, whose potential has not been realised in the UK. Elsewhere, particularly Poland, Germany and Sweden, it finds its place on the farm and market. Inherently, with a lower protein than wheat, triticale could have an important role in the emerging bioethanol market, where its growing cost efficiency will provide cost effective feedstock with excellent functionality.
Considering crop energy balances, triticale would have a lower carbon footprint than wheat. Further tightening of nitrogen levels or energy inputs could herald much needed impetus for this crop.
Triticale produces grain with high lycine values and so is ideal for on-farm feeding. As a versatile crop other uses of triticale include whole crop production, organic grain production, game cover and thatching.
In 2015 two Senova triticale varieties KWS Fido and Agostino were tested alongside other crops for its potential application as a crop for AD plants. In this first year the triticale varieties outyielded rye on DM and being a cheaper crop option, triticale coulld attract further interest for this use.
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In recent season, with increasing disease pressure yellow rust has been found in most varieties currently on the AHDB Descriptive List. Growers should be aware and use a fungicide where appropriate. Please consult your agronomist.
Senova were a partner in a project funded by Innovat UK, with a consortium which included Ensus, investigating bioethanol production from triticale and improved DDGS. For more information on the project click on the link below or visit www.triticale.net.
A report featuring work carried out by both AHDB and the Innovate UK funded project has now been published.