Northern Seed Obtains License for New Wheat Variety

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Montana State University has completed an agreement to license a new variety of hard red spring wheat to Northern Seed, LLC.

Northern Seed will lead the market development, data collection and production plans for this new Clearfield line.

“Northern Seed is a respected agribusiness that at every turn works to improve commercial seed by benefiting the grower and the environment,” says Charles Boyer, MSU vice president of agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture.

Northern Seed has the capability to continue evaluation of this variety in their research program with plots located throughout the state, according to Ryan Holt, Northern Seed executive vice president. Holt expects that spring wheat producers will be able to access certified seed from their local Northern Seed, LLC-approved dealers on a limited basis in the spring of 2018 and fully in the spring of 2019.

“Vida has proven to be a very good variety that is widely adapted in Montana,” Holt said. “We are excited to be able to offer a variety with these characteristics combined with the BASF Clearfield technology. This variety is another example of the impact the collaboration between Northern Seed and MSU can bring to the Montana producer, providing tools that will make them more successful.”

The new variety, identified with experimental number MT1173, is an MSU variety that was derived by crossing the BASF Clearfield herbicide-resistant genes with the MSU variety Vida.

As part of their research, MSU wheat breeders developed several Clearfield lines that were similar to Vida, and this line was selected for the balance of its gluten strength, protein content and yield, according to Luther Talbert, a professor in the MSU College of Agriculture’s Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology who conducted research on the variety.

MT1173 was tested at locations across Montana. Talbert notes that data from advanced yield trials in 2012 and 2013 show that the variety had a yield similar to Vida and higher than most other varieties at most sites. The grain protein of MT1173 was found to be similar to Vida, and MT1173 was shown to head slightly later than Vida and grow to approximately the same height. Talbert notes that MT1173 was developed using traditional plant breeding methods and not by genetic engineering.

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