OSU Wheat Variety Trial Data is In - Baker's Ann Hits the Century MarkTue, 23 Jul 2019 20:31:37 CDT
Oklahoma State University recently announced the results of its different wheat variety trials from around Oklahoma have been fully collected, with the exception of two locations due to weather-related complications. Although the results have been collected a bit later than normal, the data still provides tremendous perspective on the performance of these varieties this year. Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays this week to discuss the results of this year’s trials. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“Overall, I think just looking at the information this year from the variety trials and just hearing the yield reports from across the state, certainly there are a lot of good things out there coming from our public wheat research program at Oklahoma State University,” Schulte remarked. “There were several areas where we topped the trials in many locations this year. In others, we were in at least the top five or ten.”
Most impressive among all the varieties tried this year was Baker’s Ann. Named for OSU’s First Cowgirl, Ann Hargis, this breakout variety topped 100 bpa in the Goodwell trial located in Oklahoma’s Panhandle. This is remarkable, Schulte said, considering that this trial was not irrigated after planting.
Baker’s Ann is one of several varieties the OSU Wheat Improvement Team has pulled under the umbrella of its new label - “Gold N Grain” - branded to highlight the varieties’ superior milling and baking qualities. Conversely, they also offer “Graze N Grain” varieties that are suited for dual purpose crops. This system of categorization was designed with producers in mind as way to help them make their variety selection decisions come planting season. Schulte says choosing between these two categories is a great jumping off point when making those final selections. However, further considerations are needed in order to choose the right variety that best fits a producer’s intentions as well as the location and environment in which they are working.
“There is really a lot to take into consideration because there are specific varieties out there that may have pushed that yield envelope,” he said, “but may not be suited for those graze and grain environments.”
Schulte also advises producers to review not just this year’s results, but rather consult the data collected over the last three years as conditions in Oklahoma can change drastically each given year. This will give you a broader scope of information to help you round out your decision. When doing this, he suggests thinking about the traits you deem most desirable, consider what your intentions for your crop are (grain only or dual purpose), do you plan to spend money on recommended inputs, what varieties perform best in your location and what diseases should you be most concerned about. All these should factor into your final decision.
More information on OSU’s wheat varieties can be found by visiting their website at wheat.okstate.edu or on the Oklahoma Genetics, Inc. website, here.
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