R&D and Agronomy


PGG Wrightson Grain is one of the largest private investors in cereal research in New Zealand, with a proven record in plant breeding and overseas cultivar evaluation, and agronomy staff who develop best management practices for the benefit of growers and end-users.

The programme involves both in-house plant breeding, focused on milling wheat, and screening and evaluation of overseas feed/biscuit wheat, feed barley, feed triticale, milling ryecorn, feed oats and linseed, and a joint plant breeding and evaluation programme with Plant & Food Research which focuses on the coloured cereals (i.e. purple wheat).

R&D staff are located at the Kimihia Research Centre, Lincoln, Canterbury.  Cereal research and agronomy is coordinated from Kimihia with trials located on large scale arable farms throughout the South Island.

Agronomy Group

PGG Wrightson Grain is committed to ensuring the profitability of its cereal growers through continual cultivar  development backed by high quality agronomy services.  Growers have access to this agronomy service through our Agronomy Group Membership package, facilitated by independent specialist agronomists.  This extension advisory service is supported by a comprehensive field trials programme aimed at optimising the performance of new cultivars. Yield and quality are key criteria while we also remain focused on the overall cost of production.  In addition to new cereal cultivar development, new crops are assessed and developed in conjunction with market opportunities, the most recent example being the faba bean crop which has promising potential.  The trials also evaluate new agrichemicals, usually while they are still in their development phase.  There is scope within the R&D programme to conduct trials in any other aspect of crop production where a need is identified.  Often this can be for industry good and such work is sometimes carried out in conjunction with other New Zealand or international industry partners.  Current examples of this include fertiliser and pH / lime related trials.

Membership of a PGG Wrightson Grain Agronomy Group provides the grower with 6 technical Topcrop newsletters per year and periodic e-gronomy bulletins via email.  These newsletters provide production management information and rapid updates in response to seasonal developments.  A winter Technical Conference in July presents latest industry research and industry guest speakers, and the December Field Day is based around visits to key trial sites and presentations by PGG Wrightson Grain staff and other industry participants.  The membership package also includes access to our Soil Mineral Nitrogen testing and recommendation service and to some of the UK's top research scientists at ADAS via an exclusive research contract.  Our agronomy staff are members and maintain close contact with the UK's NIAB TAG research group and the UK's pulse industry body, the PGRO.

Membership of PGG Wrightson Grain's Agronomy Group gives you the opportunity to receive the latest crop management information and join in a group of positive and progressive minded growers.

Sign Up Form

Please click here to fill in an Agronomy Group form if you are interested in joining a PGG Wrightson Grain Agronomy Group.

For more information please contact:

Nick Brooks Kyle Gardyne
Cellphone:  0275 963 972 Cellphone: 027 436 1849
Direct line: 03 372 0839 Direct line: 03 325 3584
nbrooks@pggwrightsongrain.co.nz kgardyne@pggwrightsongrain.co.nz