OSU Wheat Improvement Team Developing Varieties for Farmers and ProcessorsMon, 11 May 2015 19:38:24 CDT
Improving wheat production and wheat quality continues to be the top priorities of the Oklahoma State University Wheat Improvement program. OSU Wheat Breeder Dr. Brett Carver said he looks for varieties that out yield Gallagher and Iba, but he also has to consider the demands of miller’s and bakers in his program.
“We have to meet certain expectations and we’re not going to cut those short one bit,” Carver said. “It may not be such that they can translate that to yield. That’s ok. It translates to the economy and the success of a product downstream from the field and that’s very important.”
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Dr. Carver OSU Wheat Field Day at Lahoma. You can hear their full conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
One experimental line that continues to stand out is OK09125. Carver said this variety stems from Texas A & M University’s line TAM303 and Overley developed by Kansas State University. The line offers disease resistance, yielding ability and broad adaptation. The experimental variety can rebound from grazing and shows resistance to freezing temperatures. Carver said sometime this year they will decide if this variety will be released by OSU.
In looking at the future of wheat breeding, Dr. Carver is very optimistic. The OSU wheat breeding program has several sources of revenue with private investment in wheat breeding, along with financial support from the wheat checkoff that supports research efforts. Carver commended the wheat improvement community for being interactive even between public and private sectors.
“There’s still that networking, there’s still that exchange of ideas and more importantly exchange of germplasm that still goes on today,” Carver said. “As long as we all have that equal and ready access to the germplasm, we can take that germplasm and use it to the advantage of the environment we are trying to breed in.”
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