Syngenta and the Kansas Wheat Commission are pleased to announce a new wheat variety for the Central Plains named in honor of Bob Dole, former state legislator and U.S. senator from the heartland.
Developed by Kansas State University, the hard red winter wheat variety Bob Dole will be available through AgriPro brand wheat for the 2018 season thanks to a public-private partnership between Syngenta and Kansas wheat farmers through the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Wheat Alliance.
“I am honored to be the namesake of this new wheat variety that will be grown in America’s heartland,” says Dole. “Wheat feeds people across the country and throughout the world, so I am particularly humbled that my name is attached to such a fundamental source of global nutrition. I believe in the value of this partnership between Syngenta and the Kansas Wheat Commission – an alliance that will ensure continued access to quality food.”
The Bob Dole variety, which will be available for fall planting, will feature a good disease package with leaf and stripe rust tolerance along with fusarium head blight tolerance. Farmers can also expect excellent end-use quality, and a good grain and forage yield in the heart of wheat production in Central Kansas and Oklahoma.
“Bob Dole is a man of quality character who always looked out for wheat farmers and rural communities,” says Greg McCormack, AgriPro key account manager for Syngenta in the Plains region. “We are proud to partner with Kansas Wheat to provide farmers with a new variety that has great yielding potential and features strong quality characteristics, just like its namesake.”
AgriPro wheat varieties are top performers, with in-field results that speak for themselves and consistently rank among the top yield group in every region. AgriPro varieties deliver consistent performance where they are planted, offering best-in-class disease packages, leading agronomics and outstanding yields.