OKGenetics Reports Ample Wheat Seed Supplies Readily Available for All Varieties Being OfferedTue, 01 Aug 2017 11:45:34 CDT
Executive Director of Oklahoma Genetics, Inc. Mark Hodges, sat down recently with Ron Hays, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network farm director, to talk about the varieties of wheat seed available through the Oklahoma State University Wheat Improvement Team, ahead of the 2018 planting season, just weeks away now for producers intending to plant early to establish grazing pasture. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“We’ve got really good seed supplies on virtually everything we have,” Hodges said, “including for the most part, the three new releases - Spirit Rider, Lone Rider and Smith’s Gold.”
Hodges interjects that most of the available supplies for those varietals will be limited to foundation seed and perhaps for registered seed as well, particularly in regards to Smith’s Gold. But, he insists everyone at the organization is very pleased with the variety trials that have taken place - not just in-state, but out of state also.
“Lone Rider, which was an irrigated trial outside of Garden City, topped that yield variety trial at 108 bushels per acre,” he reported. “So, we’re excited about the new releases and we do have ample seed supplies available to seedsmen.”
The question remains, though, will producers be buying new seed this year as they consider their plans for 2018, or try to get by with the seed they have held back? With higher wheat prices, currently, some speculate growers may be more inclined to purchase new seed.
“It depends on each individual situation,” Hodges retorted. “Our sales were off a little bit this past year. But, when you produce a record crop, a lot of these guys had enough of a crop they could sell a pretty good crop and keep some back for their own seed. But, they’re probably going to look this year at renewing their seed supply.”
Hodges and other leaders of the Oklahoma wheat community will be attending the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Convention later this week, August 3rd in El Reno, at the Redlands Community College Conference Center. For more information or to register for the event, click here.
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