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Barley and Soybean Varieties Released by North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station released a new two-rowed barley line, ND Genesis, and a new soybean line, ND Henson.

Rich Horsley, head of the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences, announced that a two-rowed barley line, ND Genesis, and a soybean line, ND Henson, were released by the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station in January.  

ND Genesis has improved foliar disease resistance and yield potential as compared with Pinnacle. Other helpful characteristics of ND Genesis include large kernels and low grain protein values, which increase the possibilities of growing malt quality barley.

Department of Plant Sciences Professor Emeritus and former NDSU two-rowed barley breeder Jerry Franckowiak began the testing of ND Genesis in 2005. 

ND Henson is a conventional soybean variety intended to replace the NDSU-developed variety Cavalier. ND Henson has improved yield, resistance to races 3 and 4 of phytophthera root rot, tolerance to iron-deficiency chlorosis and is lodging resistant. Ted Helms, NDSU soybean breeder, said, “With the growing problem of glyphosate-resistant weeds, there is a potential for conventional soybeans, such as ND Henson to be a good fit with marginal land situations and save on seed costs. Also, ND Henson had a similar maturity date and produced a higher yield than the Roundup Ready variety Asgrow AG 00932.”

ND Henson was named to recognize Bob Henson, who worked at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center as associate agronomist.

The original announcements are available from NDSU News:
ND Genesis:
ND Henson:

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor : Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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