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Hard Spring Wheat Breeding

Andrew Green
Andrew Green, Hard Spring Wheat Breeder
Office: Loftsgard Hall 370E
Phone: (701) 231-8478

HRSW field - mature

North Dakota usually ranks second in wheat production by state and produces more hard spring wheat than any other state in the United States. Known as the “aristocrat of wheat”, hard red spring wheat (HRSW) is valued for its high grain protein content and exceptional baking quality. Over half of the HRSW produced in North Dakota is exported to international customers. The higher protein content and gluten strength compared with winter wheat results in higher

cash values for spring wheat.

Annual planted North Dakota spring wheat acreage has averaged 6.2 million acres over the period from 2007-2016. The cash value of that crop routinely exceeds $1 billion. In the period from 2013-2017, the average annual planted acreage of varieties in North Dakota that were developed at NDSU was 45.1%.

Our program emphasizes developing balanced varieties that are profitable for producers and valued by end-users. We collaborate with many talented scientists and research specialists on campus and throughout the state to develop competitive varieties for producers in the Northern Plains. Students in our program conduct applied research in breeding and genetics program while being immersed in the breeding program to learn both the art and science of plant breeding.

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