• New high yielding biscuit and feed wheat
• Consistently higher yields across trial sites
• Well suited to all cereal growing regions including the lower North Island
• Good disease resistance especially to Septoria
• Promising biscuit flour qualities


IGNITE is an exciting new high yielding biscuit and feed wheat cultivar bred by Limagrain UK and further developed by PGG Wrightson Grain (PGW Grain). It has a compact efficient plant type with stiff short-medium straw. The grain has soft endosperm and good quality characteristics for the biscuit market as well as for the feed market.   


IGNITE has performed extremely well in PGW Grain and CPT trials, consistently out-yielding both Claire and Empress across Canterbury over the past two seasons. It has shown a similar yield advantage in the Manawatu and in Southland.
CPT IGNITE Autumn grain quality Lower North Island
Test weight (kg/hl) 70 72 74
Screenings (%) 1.9 1.0 0.8
Kernel weight
(1000 seed weight)
42 47 49
Protein content (%)
10.4 9.8 9.4
Falling number (sec) 366 307 316

IGNITE is moderately resistant to pre-harvest sprouting. To protect falling number and marketability IGNITE crops intended for milling should be given priority over feed wheat and other milling wheat cultivars.

Time of Drilling

For a winter wheat, IGNITE has a low vernalisation requirement and a very wide sowing window. Although the full potential of IGNITE is most likely to be achieved from an early drilling window of late March to late April. It has produced trial-topping yields from later plantings well into June.

Speed of Development

Month planted Typical heading dates (Canterbury)
Late May Mid-Late November
Mid September Early December

 IGNITE has intermediate maturity.

Seed Rate and Tillering Characteristics

IGNITE has a moderate tillering capacity and a V-shaped tillering habit. It has similar characteristics to Starfire, with a slightly stronger ground covering ability. Therefore target plant populations should be at the higher end of the ranges in the standard PGW Grain wheat seed rate guide.

Soil Type, Rotation and Geography

IGNITE has shown that it can perform well under a range of different soil types and environments including the lower North Island. FAR trial results suggest it can be grown as a second wheat. However it is a higher risk option than Starfire.

Disease Resistance

IGNITE has a good disease resistance profile, being moderately resistant to Septoria, stripe rust and powdery mildew.  However it is moderately susceptible to leaf rust. Considering this disease profile, IGNITE can be grown with a reduced fungicide programme as long as the crop is monitored regularly for disease race changes. A late fungicide would be recommended to protect it from leaf rust. Please contact your local PGW Representative for site specific recommendations.

 Disease resistance results:

Disease PGW disease nursery ratings
(9 highly resistant, 1 highly susceptible)
CPT Autumn sown cultivar ratings
Stripe rust 8 Moderately resistant
Leaf rust 6 Moderately susceptible
Septoria leaf blotch 7 Moderately resistant
Powdery mildew 8 Intermediate resistance
Fusarium head blight 7 Mostly resistant
BYDV 7 Moderately resistant

Straw Strength and Height

IGNITE is a short to medium height cultivar with good standing power. In most situations, this variety will require a moderate plant growth regulator (PGR) programme. 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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