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Feb. 5

The Extension Connection Column by Jeff Stachler

Upcoming Meetings and Selecting Wheat Varieties

Hello!  Hope all is well for you! 

It is time for meetings.  Here are some meetings to keep in mind.  Starting on February 11, 2021, NDSU will be offering the Livestock Drought Planning Webinar Series.  Register for this series of meetings at the following website:  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/drought .  On February 17, 2021 NDSU will be hosting a soybean Getting-It-Right virtual meeting.  To register for this meeting visit the following website:  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/carringtonrec/events .    Barley and Wheat commodity elections are nearly here.  This year there will be a virtual meeting before each election with both meetings starting at 9:00 AM and elections held at 10:00 AM.  The barley meeting is February 19, 2021 and the wheat meeting is February 23, 2021.  To register for the barley meeting go to https://tinyurl.com/D2barley .  To register for the wheat meeting go to https://bit.ly/2021ExtensionWheatUpdate .  Griggs County Pesticide Recertification is back!  There are two meeting date choices, one on February 23, 2021 starting at 12:30 PM and the other on March 18, 2021 starting at 9:00 AM.  To register for these pesticide recertification meetings go to https://tinyurl.com/GriggsPrivate .  If you have questions about registering for any of these meetings feel free to contact the extension office at 701-797-3312 or e-mail Jeff Stachler at jeff.stachler@ndsu.edu.

The Hard Red Spring Wheat Trial Results for 2020 are available.  They can be gotten by stopping at the extension office or visiting the following website:  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/crops/north-dakota-hard-red-spring-wheat-variety-trial-results-for-2020-and-selection-guide

There were six Hard Red Spring Wheat variety trials in eastern North Dakota in 2020 with the closest locations being Carrington Research and Education Center and Steele County. 

The highest yielding Hard Red Spring Wheat variety at Carrington was MN-Torgy at 56.3 bushels per acre.  Other varieties yielding statistically similar to MN-Torgy included Faller at 53.6 bushels per acre, Shelly at 53.3 bushels per acre, CP3915 at 53.0 bushels per acre, Lang-MN at 51.7 bushels per acre, MS Ranchero at 50.5 bushels per acre, and Driver at 49.4 bushels per acre.  The three highest yielding varieties for a three-year period at Carrington included Faller at 60.3 bushels per acre, LCS Trigger at 58.9 bushels per acre and ND Frohberg at 57.3 bushels per acre.

The highest yielding Hard Red Spring Wheat variety at Steele County was TCG-Wildcat at 84.8 bushels per acre.  Other varieties yielding statistically similar to TCG-Wildcat included TCG-Spitfire at 83.2 bushels per acre, LCS Buster at 81.5 bushels per acre, AP Murdock at 81.1 bushels per acre, MN-Torgy at 79.8 bushels per acre, CP3530 at 79.2 bushels per acre, Commander at 78.3 bushels per acre, Faller at 78.0 bushels per acre, SY Valda at 78.0 bushels per acre, CP3915 at 77.7 bushels per acre, SY Ingmar at 77.2 bushels per acre, LCS Rebel at 76.6 bushels per acre, LCS Trigger at 76.5 bushels per acre, ND Frohberg at 75.9 bushels per acre, SY Soren at 75.7 bushels per acre, and LCS Cannon at 75.4.  The top three highest yielding varieties at Steele County for a three-year period includes LCS Trigger at 80.6 bushels per acre, TCG-Spitfire at 78.8 bushels per acre and SY Valda at 76.3 bushels per acre.

The highest yielding Hard Red Spring Wheat variety averaged over the six eastern North Dakota locations in 2020 was AP Murdock at 74.8 bushels per acre.  Other varieties yielding statistically similar to AP Murdock were Faller at 73.2 bushels per acre, LCS Trigger at 71.9 bushels per acre, TCG-Spitfire at 71.6 bushels per acre, CP3530 at 71.4 bushels per acre, CP3915 at 70.5 bushels per acre, SY Valda at 70.0 bushels per acre, MN-Torgy at 69.5 bushels per acre, LCS Buster at 69.0 bushels per acre, Ballistic at 68.3 bushels per acre, Driver at 67.9 bushels per acre, MN-Washburn at 67.5 bushels per acre, and Shelly  at 67.3 bushels per acre.

When selecting varieties be sure to check out Tables 1, 4, 5, and 6 for disease resistance, protein content, test weight, and quality characteristics.  Characteristics to consider in selecting a variety may include yield potential, protein content when gown with proper fertility, straw strength, plant height, response to problematic pests (diseases, insects, etc.) and maturity.

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