Firelight Feed Wheat

• High yielding new winter feed wheat
• High yield potential under a wide sowing window – April until June (medium vernalisation requirement)
• Well suited to Canterbury and Southland including dryland sites
• Excellent disease resistance profile, especially for Septoria leaf blotch


FIRELIGHT wheat is a exciting new winter feed wheat cultivar bred by Limagrain UK and further developed by PGG Wrightson Grain (PGW Grain). It has a unique rich green leaf and ear colour, a spreading plant habit, medium height and moderate straw stiffness. FIRELIGHT produces a hard endosperm grain with acceptable grain quality characteristics for feed use.


FIRELIGHT has consistently demonstrated very high stable yields across a range of trial sites throughout Canterbury and Southland with potential to establish itself as one of the preferred feed wheat cultivars by growers. It is one of the leading cultivars under irrigation and excels in dryland Canterbury conditions.

CPT FIRELIGHT grain quality (4 year mean)

Lower North Island



Kernel weight (1000 seed weight) 45 47 48
Test weight (kg/hl) 71 71 71
Protein content (%) (N% x 5.7) 10.2 10.2 9.3
Screenings (%) 1.3 1.4 1.2

Time of drilling

The full yield potential of FIRELIGHT is most likely to be achieved from an early drilling window of early April to late June.

Speed of development

Month planted

Typical heading dates for FIRELIGHT in Canterbury

Late March Early November
Late May Late November
Late June Early December

FIRELIGHT is an intermediate maturing cultivar.

Seed rate and tillering characteristics

FIRELIGHT has good tillering capacity and target plant populations should be in the mid–range appropriate for differing sowing dates.

Soil type, rotation and geography

FIRELIGHT has shown that it can perform well under a range of different soil types and environments especially in Canterbury and Southland. FIRELIGHT, in trials to date, has yielded very well under irrigation and topped the rainfed/dryland locations.

Disease resistance

FIRELIGHT has good resistance to Septoria leaf blotch and stripe rust and intermediate resistance to leaf rust and mildew. Considering this disease profile, a low to moderate fungicide programme is recommended. Please contact your local PGW Representative for site specific recommendations.

Disease resistance results:


PGW disease nursery ratings
(9 highly resistant, 1 highly susceptible)

CPT Cultivar evaluation rating

Stripe rust 9 Mostly resistant
Leaf rust 5 Mostly resistant
Septoria leaf blotch 8 Mostly resistant
Powdery mildew 7 Intermediate resistance
Fusarium head blight n/a Moderately resistant

n/a = no data available

Straw strength and height

FIRELIGHT is a medium height cultivar with moderate standing power. Internal plant growth regulator (PGR) trial work during the 2019/20 season showed FIRELIGHT to be moderately responsive to a range of PGR programmes. The use of PGRs is generally recommended, with the actual programme determined by a combination of sowing date, seed rate, nitrogen use, crop thickness and yield potential. Please contact your local PGW Representative for site specific recommendations.

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