KWS Progras is a step forward in biomass production

KWS Progas is a step forward in biomass production for UK grower - a perfect combination of thick stems, plant density and yield.

Thursday, 22nd September 2016, 9:39 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:32 pm
KWS Progas is a step forward in biomass production
KWS Progas is a step forward in biomass production

Best yields with KWS Progas are achieved through early drilling in late September and harvesting when the crop reaches ‘cheesy dough’ stage of 35 – 40% dry matter. This is typically around late June – early July.

KWS Progas has very good straw strength and thickness with good standing ability though a prudent PGR programme is advised. With good tolerance to powdery mildew KWS Progas does have a weakness to brown rust so a robust fungicide programme is advisable to keep the variety disease free and retain green leaf area. KWS Progas has a very strong tillering ability and will be competitive against black-grass in the autumn and spring through to harvest.

Unlike wheat or barley, rye is a cross pollinating species which means it can be more susceptible to poor flowering and pollinating leading to lower grain yields and in some cases high incidence of ergot. Breeders have tried to overcome this problem by using an additional variety as a pollinator with the variety purchased.

KWS has found a solution to this by introducing a gene into all their hybrids that increases the formation of pollen, ensuring good quality flowering and pollination of grain sites. As a result, grain yields are more consistent from season to season helping ensure some of the highest total biomass yields and high quality crops with a good grain yield.

This POLLENPLUS® technology is present in all KWS hybrid rye varieties which means when a unit of KWS Hybrid Rye is bought there is no need for the addition of a synchronous pollinator type.