Carrington Research Extension Center


| Share

Think Spring, Think Foundation Seed


The calendar suggests it is time to begin preparing for the next growing season even though the past month has presented many with challenges completing harvest of the current season’s crops. Beyond fall field work and fertilizer applications, current preparations may also include lining up seed for the 2019 season. With this in mind, I send this note to update you on the status of foundation grade seed stocks available at the Carrington Research Extension Center. Harvest at the Center is complete and we have been working on cleaning and conditioning our seed stocks since soon after field day. Our seedstocks program has again produced and harvested a diversity of crops and varieties that present options for the coming season. The weather conditions up until recently were favorable for harvest which allowed a timely harvest of each crop and subsequently high quality seed lots.

To help you plan for your spring 2019 seed stock plantings, listed below in the following table are the foundation grade seedstocks that the CREC has available in our inventory.

Crop Variety Available at the CREC
Barley ND Genesis, Lacey, Pinnacle and Tradition


Durum Carpio, Divide, ND Grano, Joppa and ND Riveland
Flax ND Hammond, Gold ND, Omega, and York
Soybean ND Benson, ND18008GT, ND17009GT and ND Stutsman
Spring Wheat

Elgin-ND, Faller, Glenn, Lang MN, Shelly and ND VitPro

Winter Rye

ND Dylan (for fall 2018 planting)

The CREC has four new varieties that are publicly available after being distributed through the CCIA last spring. These include two durums, one flax and one soybean. These varieties will be protected under Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Title V. They must be sold as a class of certified seed.                                  

ND Grano Durum has a high yield potential, with good seed quality and has a low Cadmium (Cd) uptake. Of the varieties tested, ND Grano has the second lowest Cd uptake. Compared to Carpio and Joppa, ND Grano has higher test weight, smaller seeds and similar plant height. The leaf and stem rust resistance is similar to Carpio. The fusarium head blight (FHB) disease severity is similar to Joppa. DON accumulation is higher than Carpio or Joppa.   

ND Riveland Durum has a high yield potential, with good seed quality and has a low Cadmium (Cd) uptake. Of the varieties tested, ND Riveland has the lowest Cd uptake. Compared to Carpio and Joppa, it is taller, has a higher test weight and larger seeds. The leaf and stem rust resistance is similar to Carpio. It has the lowest fusarium head blight (FHB) levels among all tested varieties. ND Riveland’s DON accumulation is lower than Carpio.           

ND Hammond Flax is a brown-seeded variety that has high yield potential. From 2015-2017, it had the highest yield average across the state. ND Hammond has resistance to flax wilt and has good oil drying quality. It also is considered to have a medium maturity rating.                                                                            

ND18008GT Soybean is a glyphosate resistant (GT) soybean with a relative maturity rating of 00.8. It is resistant to race 4 of phytophthora root rot, has soybean aphid tolerance and moderate tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC). It also exhibits sensitivity to metribuzin herbicide (MTZ). This variety is patented and contains a certified seed only (CSO) clause. The clause states that only certified seed is to be used for planting. Seed may not be saved over for the purpose of replanting next year.                      

If you are interested in any of these varieties, I encourage you to call the Carrington REC at 701-652-2951 or e-mail at . Other cultivars and additional quantities may be available from other Research Extension Centers and the Agronomy Seed Farm. The NDSU Foundation Seedstocks Pricing Committee will set seed prices for this year’s seed soon and the prices will be published in the near future. Within the NDSU Foundation Seedstocks program, seed orders received by December 1 will be given preference and priority when allocating foundation seed.

A peek inside the new seed mill at the CREC!


Dave Copenhaver
Foundation Seedstocks Research Spec.

Creative Commons License
Feel free to use and share this content, but please do so under the conditions of our Creative Commons license and our Rules for Use. Thanks.