Although now outclassed on yield, Westminster continues to produce very competitive yields on-farm and offers good agronomic attributes, which is appreciated by growers.
Westminster has tall, stiff straw and brackling resistance, and very good disease resistance. These attributes combined make this variety ideal to be grown on less intensive farm holdings within the UK.
Westminster is one of a few varieties with a very high specific weight. This attribute, combined with low sieving losses, means it sits well in the feed sector.
Westminster’s excellent resistance to mildew and Rhynchosporium offers growers real opportunities to reduce fungicide input and to grow the variety in areas of the country where these diseases predominate.
In Scottish trials, Westminster has shown a high level of resistance to abiotic leaf spotting and good resistance to Ramularia.