NDSU Extension - Williams County


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December 17, 2015

Joppa Durum


In 2015, North Dakota State University decided to release a new durum variety called Joppa Durum that was created in 2013. Williams County had five producers decide to grow this newly released variety, and the results were as good as expected. Joppa durum has been tested at multiple sites across the state, including the Williston Research Extension Center. For their 2015 growing season, on their dry land research fields, the protein was at 16.1%, and the standing height was at 20 inches. The shorter height of the Joppa helps prevent it from blowing over when we receive strong winds, like the few wind storms we had this summer. The most common varieties grown in 2015 were Divide (29.5%), Alkabo (20.0%), Tioga (10.1%), Mountrail (7.6%), Lebsock (4.9%), Grenora (4.3%) and Carpio (2.2%). Some believe when Joppa gets more readily available on the market it could be one of the most planted seeds in the state. Joppa durum is resistant to stem rust and leaf rust, and intermediate resistance to Foliar Disease. Upon certification, there is to be 18,000 bushels of Joppa to be sold in Williams County. If you are interested in growing Joppa Durum for your 2016 season, please call the NDSU Extension Office at 701-577-4595.


Field Inspected Seed

North Dakota State Seed Department (NDSSD) has just released their 2016 North Dakota Field Inspected Seed guides. These guides often help growers decide upon a new variety, which is in on some peoples mind since the 2016 season is right around the corner. New seed varieties tend to out produce and may have higher resistance to diseases. The NDSU Extension Office which is located at 302 E Broadway in Williston, does have copies available for producers that are interested. The 2016 Field Inspected Seed guide is also on their website, www.ndseed.com. This guide lists growers by the crop, variety and locations, these fields have been inspected and approved to be sold as seed. The seed has to meet the standards that are set by the State Seed Department, the standards include germination, purity, freedom of weed seeds and other crop seeds.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the NDSU Extension Service Staff; Mindy, Linda, Desire’e and myself.


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