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Grant Mehring Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Grant Mehring presented his Plant Sciences Ph.D. dissertation, Optimum Seeding Rates for Diverse Hard Red Spring Wheat (Triticum Aestivum L.) Cultivars, on Friday, June 3, 2016 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Grant Mehring Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Grant Mehring (center) with advisers Dr. Joel Ransom (right) and Dr. Jochum Wiersma

June 22, 2016

Grant Mehring Ph.D. Dissertation Video

Grant Mehring presented his Plant Sciences Ph.D. dissertation on Friday, June 3, 2016. His paper is titled Optimum Seeding Rates for Diverse Hard Red Spring Wheat (Triticum Aestivum L.) Cultivars. His research took a fresh look at seeding rate recommendations in hard red spring wheat (HRSW) as they pertain to yield, lodging, tillering capacity, plant height, and grain protein.

The team tested a hypothesis to use genetic and environmental predictors to predict optimum seeding rates for maximum yield without the need for future seeding rate trials in the field. Results were that different HRSW cultivars definitely have varied seeding rates for maximum yield. Predicting yield using the team’s model was difficult, however tillering was predictive using the chosen statistical approach.

Mehring chose the NDSU Department of Plant Sciences because it came highly recommended by many of his mentors as he completed his B.S. in biology and was applying to graduate programs. He has discovered that as the largest department on the NDSU campus, Plant Sciences offers many efficiencies: excellent staff and faculty, diverse courses, and excellent infrastructure for almost all types of agronomic research.

Mehring has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Research with North Dakota State University’s Department of Plant Sciences, where he will perform grant-funded research, advise the ND Corn Utilization Council in their research program, and assist the MN On-Farm Research Network with the MN Wheat Research and Promotion Council.

Grant Mehring’s graduate committee members were Dr. Hans Kandel, Dr. James Hammond, and Dr. Andrew Friskop. He was co-advised by Dr. Joel Ransom and Dr. Jochum Wiersma.

Source: Grant Mehring, 701-231-5183,
Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971, shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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