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2019 NDSU Crop Variety Releases Announced

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station released new crop varieties ND Rolette soybean, ND Falcon pinto bean, ND Pegasus great northern bean, ND Whitetail white kidney bean and ND Gardner winter rye in 2019. The North Dakota County Seed Increase Program distributed ND Rolette soybean and ND Hammond flax (2018) for the first time in the spring of 2019 and ND Gardner winter rye in the fall of 2019.

January 23, 2020

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station released new crop varieties ND Rolette soybean, ND Falcon pinto bean, ND Pegasus great northern bean, ND Whitetail white kidney bean and ND Gardner winter rye in 2019. The North Dakota County Seed Increase Program distributed ND Rolette soybean and ND Hammond flax (2018) for the first time in the spring of 2019 and ND Gardner winter rye in the fall of 2019.

For further information regarding Foundation or Registered seed availability of these or other varieties, contact an NDSU Extension county agent, an NDSU Research Extension Center, the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association (NDCISA), or North Dakota Foundation Seedstocks.

ND Rolette Soybean

ND Rolette was developed by the soybean breeding program at North Dakota State University, under the direction of soybean breeder Ted Helms. ND Rolette is a conventional (not resistant to glyphosate herbicide) soybean variety with 00.9 maturity. This new variety has high yield potential, resistance to Race 4 of phytophthora root rot and tolerance to metribuzin herbicide. ND Rolette has a good level of tolerance to iron-deficiency chlorosis and is not prone to lodging. ND Rolette has purple flowers, gray pubescence, tan pods, buff hila and dull seed coat luster.

Development of this variety was made possible through funds provided by the North Dakota Soybean Council.

To ensure genetic purity, this variety is protected under Plant Variety Protection Title V and must be sold as a class of certified seed. This variety is licensed to the NDCISA for its management and distribution.

General Characteristics:

  • 00.9 maturity
  • High yield potential
  • Good IDC tolerance
  • Phytophthora root rot resistance (Race 4)

Dry Beans

ND Falcon pinto bean, ND Pegasus great northern bean and ND Whitetail white kidney bean were developed by the dry bean breeding program at North Dakota State University, under the direction of dry bean breeder Juan Osorno. Development of these varieties was made possible through checkoff funds provided by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association and the North Dakota Dry Edible Bean Seed Growers Association.

To ensure genetic purity, these varieties are protected under Plant Variety Protection Title V and must be sold as a class of certified seed.

ND Falcon Pinto Bean

ND Falcon has an upright indeterminate (short vine) growth habit (type IIa), white flowers and matures in approximately 103 days. It has shown competitive agronomic performance, including slightly higher seed yield, compared to other varieties commonly grown in North Dakota. It is resistant to the rust race now prevalent in the region (20-3); however, visible symptoms can include small pustules that are not conducive to a disease outbreak. ND Falcon is also resistant to Bean Common Mosaic Virus (BCMV) and soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Canning quality and seed shape/size for ND Falcon are within acceptable commercial ranges.

General Characteristics:

  • Competitive seed yield compared to other commercial cultivars
  • Excellent upright architecture
  • Resistant to rust (race 20-3) via Ur-11 gene
  • Resistant to Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN)
  • Resistant to BCMV (I gene)
  • Uniform drydown
  • Good canning quality
  • 103 day maturity

ND Pegasus Great Northern Bean

ND Pegasus has an upright (medium-short vine) growth habit (type IIa), white flowers and matures in approximately 103 days. It has very high seed yield potential, good seed quality and excellent seed shape and size, larger than most commercial cultivars commonly grown in the region. ND Pegasus is resistant to Bean Common Mosaic Virus (BCMV) and tolerant to white mold. Canning quality for ND Pegasus is within acceptable commercial ranges.

General Characteristics:

  • Superior seed yield compared to other commercial cultivars
  • Excellent upright architecture
  • Good seed quality
  • Tolerant to white mold
  • Resistant to BCMV (I gene)
  • Uniform drydown
  • Acceptable canning quality
  • 103 day maturity

ND Whitetail White Kidney Bean

ND Whitetail has a determinate (type I) growth habit, white flowers and matures in approximately 101 days. It has very high seed yield potential. ND Whitetail is resistant to Bean Common Mosaic Virus (BCMV) and tolerant to Halo Blight, white mold and the root rot complex. Canning quality is superior to other white kidney cultivars. Agronomic traits of economic importance such as seed shape/size, maturity and plant height are within acceptable commercial ranges.

General Characteristics:

  • Superior seed yield compared to other commercial cultivars
  • Excellent seed quality
  • Resistant to BCMV (I gene)
  • Uniform drydown
  • Tolerant to Halo Blight
  • Above average canning quality
  • 101 day maturity

ND Gardner Winter Rye

ND Gardner was developed by the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center  agronomy program, under the direction of Steve Zwinger. ND Gardner is a very early maturing winter rye, six days earlier to heading than ND Dylan. It is winter hardy, tall and has good early season vigor and growth. ND Gardner has average seed yield and test weight with small seed size. ND Gardner exhibits resistance to wheat leaf rust and is moderately susceptible to rye rust, similar to ND Dylan and other commonly grown varieties. ND Gardner is intended for cover crop and forage applications.

General Characteristics:

  • Very early maturity
  • Excellent winter-hardiness
  • Tall
  • Good early season vigor and growth

To ensure genetic purity, this variety is protected under Plant Variety Protection Title V and must be sold as a class of certified seed. This variety is licensed to the NDCISA for its management and distribution.

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Author: Joyana Baumann, ND Foundation Seedstocks, 701-231-8542, joyana.baumann@ndsu.edu
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

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