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OSU Hard Red Wheat Variety Bentley Tops OSU Wheat Variety Trials for 2016

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 22:30:05 CDT

OSU Hard Red Wheat Variety Bentley Tops OSU Wheat Variety Trials for 2016 UPDATED- Three more variety trial plots have been reported on- and the test plots in Afton, Alva and Thomas have helped make Bentley the top performing wheat variety in the OSU wheat trials in 2016- both in the rankings and in average yield per bushel for all locations. These ratings have been calculated for the varieties that have been found in all fifteen locations reported on thus far in 2016.

Here are the top six varieties that were a part of all trials harvested to date by OSU Small Grains Specialist Dr. David Marburger:

Bentley             64.93 bushels per acre

WB Grainfield   63.67 bushels per acre

TAM 204          62.26 bushels per acre

Iba                     61.73 bushels per acre

Gallagher             60.13 bushels per acre

SY Flint               59.87 bushels per acre

For the rankings of lowest score is the best- Bentley edges ahead of WB Grainfield with the lowest and best ranking score- and along the way was the top yielding variety in three trials and second in four more. WB Grainfield ranked as the best variety in three plot locations- and second in one location. The other top varieties as ranked included Iba third, TAM204 fourth, SY Flint fifth and Gallagher fifth.

These additional calculations were made by our 2016 intern, OSU Ag Communications major Kalee Horn.

Below is the earlier story that was posted June 21st and included details of the first twelve plot locations as harvested by OSU.


With a dozen of the Oklahoma State University Wheat Variety Trial locations tabulated thus far for 2016, a pair of varieties have risen to the top in yield and in overall rankings. The newest OSU Hard Red Winter variety that has come out of the Brett Carver breeding program, Bentley, has the highest yield per acre average for those varieties that were reported in all twelve locations thus far. Bentley has averaged 65.83 bushels per acre to date, besting the West Bred Grainfield variety which has averaged 65.08 bushels per acre to this point.

The next four varieties that averaged above sixty bushels per acre from south to north at this point includes:

TAM 204   63.25 BPA

Iba            63.08 BPA

SY Flint     62.25 BPA

Gallagher    60.58 BPA

If you do the rankings and figure them like a golf score- lowest number is the best- the West Bred Grainfield Variety is in first place, just ahead of Bentley after the first twelve locations. SY Flint is third, Iba is 4th and TAM 204 fifth and Gallagher is 6th. Three of the top six varieties that were in all of the trials reported to date are products of the OSU Wheat Breeding Program- and marketed by Oklahoma Genetics, Inc.

From the wheat varieties that were not in all twelve locations- the standout of that group is the Agripro variety, SY Monument. Monument yielded an average of 68.88 BPA in the nine locations it was tested in to this point.

Three varieties topped the seventy bushel per acre market on average- although we are talking about being in only two or three locations. The Limagrain variety, LCS Chrome, had the highest average yield of all at 70.3 BPA in three locations, while two hard white wheats each had a seventy bushel per acre average- OSU's Stardust and K-State's Joe. Joe was tested in three locations, topping the standard Lahoma variety trial with an 82 bushel per acre yield- and placing fourth in Chickasha and sixth overall in Altus in those two variety trials.

Stardust, the OSU Hard White Wheat- appeared in two locations that have reported to date- and yielded seventy bushels per acre in both Lamont and Lahoma.

Under the category of needing some pampering (if you define pampering as the application of fungicide- you have to nominate the lady- Ruby Lee. In the two fungicide trials- Ruby Lee improved her yield by 32 and 38 bushels per acre respectively- and in Chickasha where they had an intensive management trial of additional fertilizer and fungicide- Ruby Lee improved from 23 bushels per acre to 92 bushels per acre!

In Chickasha, three varieties responded to the intensive management- and yielded over a hundred bushels per acre. Two Westbred varieties topped the trial at 103 bushels per acre- WB4303 and WB4458. TAM 204 checked in at 101 bushels per acre.

To review the trials that have been posted through June 21, 2016, click here. (additional locations will be added in the next few days). Our thanks to OSU Ag Communications student Kalee Horn, who has handled the crunching of the numbers as her first assignment as our summer intern at the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network.



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