Monroe Winter Wheat – A brief introduction

by Scottish Agronomy
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Monroe winter wheat is a rare variety that “consistently comes up with the goods,” according to Andrew Gilchrist, the Head of Scottish Agronomy. 

The variety has been studied over three seasons in Scottish Agronomy’s "Supplementary Variety Trials Programme". The variety has also been widely adopted by the organisation’s members.

“Monroe was originally one of John Blackman’s varieties, and we selected it because it looked interesting,” explains Mr Gilchrist. “The variety didn’t make it on to the national Recommended List, but it has topped our Supplementary Trials for three years running with very good yields and specific weights.” He suggests that its consistency across seasons and sites the length of Scotland are important factors for growers to consider, because these results demonstrate reliability.

Scottish Agronomy has drafted some outline agronomic guidelines for managing Monroe, and Mr Gilchrist says that recommendations are similar to many other varieties on the market. 

Winter Wheat Harvesting Well

“Seed rates need to allow for Monroe’s moderate tillering habit, and its straw strength needs looking after with robust split doses of chlormequat and Moddus at GS30 and GS32.”

His recommendation is for a solid four-spray fungicide programme from T0 through to T3, and he observes no particular disease weaknesses of concern. “I would take a broadly similar agronomic approach with the other Scottish market leaders Viscount, Leeds and Zulu.”

As far as Ear diseases are concerned, Monroe has excellent fusarium resistance on par with Leeds.

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