has unveiled a pair of new hard red winter wheats - Duster and Centerfield.
Duster has the ability to germinate well under the harsh soil conditions often experienced when sowing wheat early for dual-purpose management.
"The ability to germinate and emerge in hot, dry soil conditions is a critical attribute for a dual-purpose variety, and Duster has demonstrated this ability over several years of testing in real-world conditions," says Brett Carver, OSU wheat genetics chair for the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. "The grazability of Duster reminds me a lot of Endurance," he says. "It tillers well, produces a lot of forage early and recovers from grazing well in the spring."
Duster also offers resistance to Hessian fly, a major pest problem in 2005 and 2006.
"Grain-only producers should appreciate the fact that Duster topped the southern regional breeder trials two years in a row," Carver notes.
The variety offers adult-plant resistance to leaf rust and intermediate resistance to stripe rust, and is resistant to wheat soil-borne mosaic virus, wheat spindle streak mosaic virus and powdery mildew.
"Duster brings a whole new genetic package to the table," says Jeff Edwards, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service small grains specialist. "More than half of the wheat acreage in
The new OSU wheat variety also has excellent tolerance to acid soil conditions.
Centerfield is a new
While fall forage production with Centerfield is adequate, Edwards cautions wheat growers who are considering a
"If you're sowing a
A limited amount of Duster and Centerfield foundation seed will be available this fall.