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New Barley Variety Released

Barley growers will have a new cultivar to add to their arsenal of varieties to choose from

The new variety is named Celebration. It is a Busch Ag product, but is being distributed through the NDSU Foundation Seedstocks and county agriculture and crop improvement associations.

The distribution process began last spring when the Williams County Agriculture Improvement Association accepted a 160 bushel allocation of Foundation seed. The association then selected four growers willing to increase Celebration under contract for seed purposes. These growers are Wayne Hauge, Troy Kupper and Tom Wheeler, all of Ray and Roger Bearce, Williston.

Celebration is well received by the malting industry. Several maltsters or their representatives have or are currently offering contracts for 2010 production. It is a six-rowed, mid-season spring barley bred and developed by Busch Agricultural Resources Incorporated (BARI). Information collected to date indicates it has the ability to perform well in Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho and Montana. The Williston and Minot research stations have only 2009 performance data. Yields at the various test locations vary when compared to the popular variety Tradition. Its plant height is maybe an inch shorter than Tradition. Resistances to lodging are very similar.

Seed is available from individual contract growers. The price for registered class bulk seed established through statewide seed increase agreements is $8.65. Williams County growers will be given priority for purchase of seed until January 1. On this date the contract growers may commit seed to other growers.

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