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Elgin Hard Red Spring Wheat Released for 2013 Seed

Hard Red Spring Wheat

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

Elgin hard red spring wheat has been released by the North Dakota State University Agricultural Experiment Station for seed in 2013. Elgin was developed by the Hard Red Spring Wheat Breeding Program at NDSU from a three way cross of Walworth, Reeder, and ND721 varieties.

Elgin is well adapted to the spring wheat growing areas of North Dakota. It has very high yields compared to many cultivars grown in the state, including Glenn and Barlow. It has medium to strong straw strength similar to Glenn and Faller with conventional height, similar to Parshall. Elgin is medium to early in maturity, similar to Velva. It has excellent protein ratings that are comparable to Glenn, but superior to Faller and Barlow. The test weight is average.

Overall, Elgin has good milling flour extraction ratings and baking qualities, similar to Barlow and Howard, with excellent disease resistance bred into it. It is moderately resistant to scab, leaf, and stem rust and has medium susceptibility to the new emerging leaf rust race Lr21.

Elgin has been observed for more than 12 crop cycles/generations from 2002 to 2011 and was stable and uniform within commercially acceptable limits for all traits. Elgin will be available in 2013 as foundation class seed only. Producers must be registered as certified seed producers to request Elgin seed.  Mercer County certified seed producers who want to purchase Elgin seed need to contact my office at 701-873-5195 by December 28, 2012 with the number of bushels desired.

Each county Crop Improvement Association can apply for as many bushels as producers request, and, once all county requests are in, the State Allocation Committee will meet (usually in early February) to determine how many bushels each county will be allocated based on requested amounts and total bushels available for release. The cost per bushel is yet to be determined but is expected to be in the $20-$25 per bushel range.  If you have questions please call me.

Velva hard red spring wheat was released in 2012 and Innovation barley, in 2011. Mercer County producers grew these varieties in 2012. Velva will be sold as registered class seed in 2013 for $16.55 per bushel (bulk), while Innovation barley will be available as registered seed in 2013 for $11.20 per bushel. Producers interested in these varieties can contact me and I will refer you to Mercer County growers to see if they are interested in selling seed. Innovation barley may also be available for sale as certified class seed.

Until Next Time!

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