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crop variety releases announced

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station released new crop varieties ND18008GT soybean and ND Hammond flax in 2018. ND18008GT soybean, ND Eagle lentil (2016), ND Grano durum (2017) and ND Riveland durum (2017) were distributed for the first time by the North Dakota County Seed Increase Program in spring 2018. ND Hammond flax will be distributed in spring 2019.

ND18008GT Soybean

Developed by the soybean breeding program at NDSU under the direction of soybean breeder Ted Helms, ND18008GT is a glyphosate resistant soybean variety that is a good fit for the northern areas of North Dakota. It is tolerant to soybean aphid and resistant to race 4 of phytophthora root rot. It has purple flower color, tawny pubescence, brown pods, dull seed coat luster and black hila.

ND Hammond Flax

It was developed by the flax breeding program at NDSU under the direction of the late James Hammond. In the final stages of field evaluation, retired USDA-ARS researcher Jerry Miller identified the line as a promising candidate for release. Current flax breeding project leader Mukhlesur Rahman brought the line through the release process. ND Hammond is a brown-seeded flax variety that is adapted to the north central flax growing region of the United States. It has high yield potential and medium maturity. This variety has good oil drying quality and resistance to flax wilt.

ND Eagle Lentil

The variety was developed by the pulse breeding program at NDSU, under the direction of former pulse crops breeder Kevin McPhee and current acting pulse crops breeder Thomas Stefaniak, who is stationed at the North Central Research Extension Center. ND Eagle is an Eston-type small green lentil that has high yield potential in North Dakota environments and is similar to CDC Viceroy. This variety also has high seed quality with no observations of speckled variants.

To ensure genetic purity, the varieties are protected under Plant Variety Protection Title V and must be sold as a class of certified seed.

See information about ND Grano durum and ND Riveland durum at

For information regarding foundation or registered seed availability of these or other varieties, contact a county agent of NDSU Extension, an NDSU Research Extension Center, the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association, or the North Dakota Foundation Seedstocks Program.


Source: NDSU News

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