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Think Spring, Think Foundation Seed


October suggests it is time to begin preparing for the next growing season, even though the past few months of excess rain have presented many challenges of 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 2020 season. With this in mind, I send this note to update you on the status of foundation grade seedstocks available at the Carrington Research Extension Center. We have been working on cleaning and conditioning our seedstocks since the middle of August. Our seedstocks program has again produced and harvested a diversity of crops and varieties that present options for the coming season. This fall’s wet weather during harvest may present a problem of finding good quality planting seed if you wait to order in the spring.

ND VitPro Hard Red Spring Wheat

Listed below are the foundation grade seedstocks varieties that the CREC has available in our inventory for spring 2020 seedstocks plantings.

Spring Wheat

  • Faller
  • Glenn
  • Lang MN
  • Shelly
  • ND VitPro
  • MN Washburn


  • Carpio
  • Divide
  • ND Grano
  • Joppa
  • ND Riveland


  • ND Genesis
  • Pinnacle                                                                                        


  • ND Hammond
  • Omega
  • York


  • ND Benson
  • ND17009GT
  • ND Rolette
  • ND Stutsman


  • Manor

Winter Rye

  • ND Dylan and ND Gardner

The CREC has three new varieties. Two from North Dakota and one from Minnesota that are publicly available after being distributed through the County Crop Improvement Associations. These include a wheat, a soybean and a winter rye. The varieties will be protected under Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Title V. They must be sold as a class of certified seed.

  • MN Washburn (spring wheat) is a University of Minnesota release. The main features are excellent straw strength and a good overall disease package. It contains the bdv2 gene for resistance to the Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV). Along with a consistent yield, it can provide excellent milling and baking qualities.                                   
  • ND Rolette (soybean) is an NDSU conventional line that has a 00.9 maturity with a high yield potential. It has been licensed to the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association for its management. ND Rolette is resistant to Race 4 of the Phytophthora Root Rot. It has a good level of tolerance to iron-deficiency chlorosis. ND Rolette has a purple flower color, grey pubescence, tan pod color and buff hila.                            
  • ND Gardner (winter rye) is a very early and tall variety with very good winter hardiness and early season vigor. These are good attributes for the rapidly growing cover crop market. ND Gardner is superior to Aroostook in these comparing traits. It is about one day earlier in heading, has better winter hardiness and greater early season vigor. ND Gardner also has greater biomass production than Aroostook. Higher seed yields and better straw strength make ND Gardner a desirable replacement for Aroostook. ND Gardner is licensed to the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association for its management.            

ND Gardner Winter Rye

If you are interested in any of these varieties, you can call the CREC at 701-652-2951, e-mail at or call Dave Copenhaver at 701-652-5853.

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 on the Foundation Seedstocks website: Within the NDSU Foundation Seedstocks program, seed orders received by December 1 will be given preference and priority when allocating foundation seed.

Dave Copenhaver
Foundation Seedstocks Research Spec.

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