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2020 Wheat Variety Survey Releases

ND Wheat Variety Survey, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, wheat varieties

Submitted by Craig Askim, Extension Agent/Agriculture and Natural Resources

Every year during the winter months I get questions regarding which wheat varieties are available and which ones show the best results. To answer these questions, producers should refer to research trial data from the seven NDSU Research Extension Centers across the state, and refer to the small grain publications from the North Dakota Wheat Commission.

The 2020 North Dakota Wheat Variety Survey was conducted which details the popularity and distribution of wheat varieties across the state. The data is based on a June survey of 2,374 producers, which was conducted by the North Dakota Field Office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The ND Wheat Commission, the ND Ag Experiment Station and ND State Seed Department provided funding for the survey.

The top five hard red spring wheat varieties are SY Ingmar, SY Valda, WB 9590, SY Soren and Glenn. These five varieties account for nearly one-half of planted acreage in 2020. SY Ingmar has been the top leading variety for the last four years with 19 percent of the total acreage this year. Ingmar is also the leading variety in all six western and central districts of the state.  SY Valda had 12.5 percent of the acreage in 2020, with WB 9590 with 6.1 percent SY Soren with 4.1 percent and Glenn with 3.6 percent respectively.

The next ten varieties range from 2.1 to3.5 percent of the acreage, some varieties, which made notable gains in acreage form 2019 to 2020, are ND Vitpro, Ambush, SY McCloud, SY Longmire, WB 9719 and WB 9479.

Joppa remains the leading durum variety for the fourth straight year, down slightly in acreage for 2019 with 29 percent. Divide and Riveland, two NDSU release varieties, rank second and third with 20 and 11 percent of the total acreage in the state. VT Peak had 9 percent of the acreage. The full survey is available on the North Dakota Wheat commission website at www.ndwheat.com.

Source: Jim Peterson, North Dakota Wheat Commission, Policy and Marketing Director, ndwheat@ndwheat.com

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