Wheat quality begins with the varieties planted. Making variety choices is an effort every farmer makes each planting season. The resources below offer some tools useful to farmers in the selection process.
North Dakota grows the majority of the hard red spring wheat and durum produced in the United States, some hard red winter wheat and hard white wheat.
Hard red spring wheat variety development takes place at experiment stations at North Dakota State University, Fargo, at land grant universities in Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana and by private companies.
Durum is used in making the world's best pasta. The durum breeding program at North Dakota State University, Fargo, is the largest public breeding program in the U.S.
Hard red winter wheat isn't traditionally planted in North Dakota but has seen some increase in recent years. Winter wheat also has the potential for higher yields, however the possibility for winter kill makes it a more uncertain crop.
Hard white wheat is planted on a very small acreage base in the state. North Dakota State University in Fargo and private companies are focusing on developing disease and sprout tolerant, high-yielding hard white spring wheat varieties with good milling and baking characteristics suitable to North Dakota's growing climate.
Annual Survey of Varieties Planted in North Dakota
Overviews the leading varieties planted in North Dakota for hard red spring, durum and hard red winter wheat each year.
N.D. HRS Variety Selection Guide
Provides information about hard red spring wheat varieties available, their agronomic traits, disease resistance and quality characteristics.
N.D. Durum Wheat Variety Selection Guide
Provides information on available durum varieties, their agronomic traits, disease resistance and quality characteristics.
ND Hard Red Winter Variety Selection Guide
Provides information about hard red winter wheat varieties available, their agronomic traits, disease resistance and quality characteristics.
NDSU Hard White Wheat Information
Provides information on current hard white wheat varieties, quality information and market potential.
Winter Wheat Survival
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Provides information on winter wheat survival in cold conditions.