New Wheat Varieties Debut

New Wheat Varieties Debut

SDSU releases a hard red winter wheat; NDSU releases a hard red spring wheat.

NDSU and SDSU are releasing new wheat varieties.

Ideal is a new hard red winter wheat from SDSU Agricultural Experiment Station.

Selected for its yield, disease resistance and standability, Ideal has a lot to offer growers, says Bill Berzonsky, SDSU winter wheat breeder.

"In regional trials, Ideal was a top ranked variety in yield as well as disease resistance," he says.

Ideal has resistance to leaf and stem rust, tan spot and fusarium head blight. It also has good milling and baking characteristics.

Named for the town of Ideal, S.D., the new variety it the first new winter wheat variety released by SDSU since 2008.

NDSU release

NDSU and the University of Minnesota agricultural experiment stations are jointly releasing Prosper, a hard red spring wheat.

Prosper is adapted to eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. It has very high grain yield similar to Faller. It is a semi-dwarf wheat of conventional height and medium to medium-early maturity. It has average protein and test weight, good leaf disease resistance and medium resistance to scab. Milling and baking qualities are good.

Prosper was selected particularly for its very high grain yield, good bread-making quality traits (milling and baking), as well as its good level of resistance to foliar diseases (leaf and stem rusts in particular) that are similar to Howard. Prosper also has good resistance to fusarium head blight similar to Faller.

To help ensure genetic purity, Prosper is protected under Plant Variety Protection Act Title V. Title V allows seed to be sold by variety name only and as a class of certified seed.

For additional information about Prosper or other hard red spring wheat varieties, refer to the Spring Wheat Variety Selection Guide at or contact Mohamed Mergoum, NDSU hard red spring wheat breeder, at (701) 231-8478 or Joel Ransom, NDSU Extension agronomist, at (701) 231-7971.

If you are interested in purchasing seed, contact your county NDSU Extension agent or Crop Improvement and Seed Association.

Sources: SDSU Extension and NDSU Extension Communications
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