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Soybean variety selection should be based on maturity, yield, seed quality, lodging, iron-deficiency chlorosis tolerance and disease reaction. Later-maturing varieties tend to yield more than early maturing varieties when evaluated at the same location. After determining a suitable maturity for the farm, comparing yields of varieties that are of similar maturity is important. Although late maturity increases yield potential, later-maturing cultivars are more risky to grow than earlier-maturing varieties because an early fall frost may kill a late-maturing variety before the beans have completely filled in the pods, which will reduce yield greatly.
North Dakota Hard Red Spring Wheat and Variety Trial Results for 2010 and Selection Guide - A574-2010
Hard red spring (HRS) wheat was harvested from 6.3 million acres in 2010, equalling the area harvested in 2009. Temperature and rainfall were favorable for high yield development throughout the wheat-growing regions of the state, resulting in an estimated yield of 45.5 bushels per acre (bu/acre), which was only 0.5 bu/acre below last year’s record yield. Protein content was lower than normal but generally higher than last year.
Durum was planted on 1.8 million acres in North Dakota in 2010, up from the 1.7 million acres planted in 2009. Precipitation was generally abundant in the durum-growing areas of North Dakota in 2010, and yields were a record 39.5 bushels per acre (bu/acre). The most commonly grown varieties in 2010 and the percent of the acreage they occupied were Divide (26.6), Mountrail (12.9), Lebsock (12.7), Alkabo (9.5), Pierce (7.9) and Grenora (7.0).
Canola is an expanding crop in the northern Great Plains, particularly in North Dakota. In 2010, North Dakota accounted for approximately 89 percent of the canola acreage harvested in the United States. This report summarizes canola variety performance at the various North Dakota State University Research Extension Centers.