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Does triticale offer a Take-All break?

Winter triticale has demonstrated a high tolerance but we cannot say categorically that it has a resistance to Take All as oats do.


What inputs do you need for triticale?

Triticale has generally been seen as a lower input crop with a lower management demand. Keep an eye out for mildew occasionally. Yellow rust has become more of a problem in recent years with the development of new wheat races. There are differences in resistances between varieties. Generally fungicide should now be applied but not to the level of wheat. Consult your agronomist.



Is triticale suitable for bioethanol production?

In many ways triticale should be the cereal of preference for ethanol as it combines high starch and relatively low protein. This provides an excellent feedstock for conversion from starch to ethanol, giving high spirit yields. With the better growing cost efficiency of triticale (lower cost per tonne), it should also bring economic beneifts.



Is triticale suitable for anaerobic digestion?

Yes, several growers have started to use triticale as an alternative feedstock to maize or rye. Seed costs are lower than rye and triticale has high biomass production and is early to mature. We envisage this to be a growth area for triticale.



What is the latest safe sowing date for spring sown triticale?

Winter triticale requires less vernalisation than wheat but the latest sowing date is dependent on variety. Under favourable conditions our experience to date suggests that some varieties have been successfully grown over the years planted up to early-mid March. Later plantings are always at grower's risk. With spring triticale the date varies regionally. There is limited data on this crop to date, so it is perhaps sensible to follow dates for spring wheat.



What is the typical nitrogen input for a triticale crop?

Triticale as a crop is responsive to nitrogen.


Recent research has shown that winter triticale can outperform winter wheat in a second cereal situation. New RB209 guidelines indicate applying similar levels of nitrogen to triticale as to wheat to maximise performance. See AHDB website for more information.


Care should be taken with spring applications, which can increase the risk of lodging. First nitrogen applications should be made in late February with the main application prior to first node.