BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – South Dakota State University officials say a new hard red winter wheat variety has the potential to be a top performer in drier areas of the state.
The variety “Ideal” will be released for large-scale planting next year. Breeder Bill Berzonsky says it might also be an option for some farmers in North Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota.
Berzonsky says Ideal is not tolerant to drought but does seem to produce more grain in drier areas. He says it might even outperform the Wesley variety, which is grown on one-third of South Dakota’s winter wheat acres.
Ideal is the first new variety released by the SDSU Agriculture Experiment Station since 2008. It’s named for a farming town in central South Dakota.
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