State Wheat Breeder Brett Carver Showcases OSU's Latest Varieties, Plus a Peak at What's to ComeFri, 17 May 2019 12:21:13 CDT
The newest wheat varieties developed by the Oklahoma Wheat Improvement Team were showcased at the recent Lahoma Wheat Field Day, hosted by OSU Extension. Oklahoma Wheat Improvement Team Leader and State Wheat Breeder Dr. Brett Carver was on deck during the event, highlighting the new varieties’ unique traits and the work being done to add even more varieties to OSU’s already extensive portfolio. He sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays to share some of that information. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
In 2018, Dr. Carver’s team released four new varieties: Showdown, Green Hammer, Baker’s Ann and Skydance. These, Carver says, can be grouped into pairs as their traits are related. The first two, Showdown and Green Hammer he says, are more broadly adapted varieties. Baker’s Ann and Skydance are more targeted and quality-focused while not compromising yield potential.
According to Carver, Green Hammer differs from Showdown, possessing a more enhanced disease resistance package with particular regard to Leaf rust resistance. Likewise, Baker’s Ann is different from Skydance, possessing impressive resistance to Stripe rust. Strong in the field, Baker’s Ann is also strong in the mill with excellent doughing qualities. In addition, Baker’s Ann is recognized for its grazability as an early maturing variety.
As Carver continues to promote these new varieties, which should soon be more widely available to producers wishing to obtain their preferred seed, he is also keeping one eye on the future. He offered a glimpse at what is still working its way through the pipeline.
“Just broadly speaking, we’re looking for something that’s competitive with Doublestop. We’re looking for another Clearfield alternative and something that can be competitive in the Hard White Wheat market,” he said. “We currently have three options for that to look at as far as candidates.”
One experimental line that has shown great resistance to Wheat Streak Mosaic virus has moved up quickly and could potentially be headed for commercialization before long. At the same time, Carver and his team are still searching for a variety adapted for northwest Oklahoma’s environment that can compete with old standbys like Bentley and Smith’s Gold.
Learn more about the varieties being developed and promoted by Dr. Carver and the Oklahoma Wheat Improvement Team by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below.
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