UNL Records Best Wheat Variety Test Results Ever

UNL Records Best Wheat Variety Test Results Ever

Photo of 2008 wheat trials in UNL West Central District
Winter wheat field trial of Overly (left) and Tam 112, conducted in west central Nebraska in 2008. (Photos link to larger versions.)
Winter wheat field trial
Winter wheat field trial of AgriPro's PostRock (left) and Westbred's Winterhawk conducted in west central Nebraska in 2008.
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August 8, 2008

Several winter wheat varieties tested in rain-fed Furnas County plots yielded more than 100 bushels per acre, said a University of Nebraska-Lincoln specialist.

"That was just about unbelievable," said Bob Klein, cropping systems specialist at UNL's West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. "We've had some good tests in the Arapahoe and McCook area in the past, but nothing quite this good."

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Klein credited good wheat varieties and adequate moisture, as well as a well-established no-till system and excellent management practices by the producer for the abundant yields in Furnas County.

Farther west, Keith County plots yielded well for dryland, averaging 54 bushel. "My technician, Jeff Golus, said that he could still see the furrows at harvest time that were made at drilling, because they didn have enough rain to wash those furrows down," Klein said. "That crop lived mainly on the sub-soil moisture accumulated the previous year in fallow."

Klein tested wheat varieties with farmer cooperators in Chase, Furnas, Holt, Keith and Red Willow counties and at UNL's West Central Research and Extension Center in Lincoln County. Irrigated plots in Chase and Holt counties provide data in those two wheat-growing areas that might not be available otherwise.

"Since we have quite a few wheat producers who have irrigated wheat, those plots provide us with some good information on irrigated wheat varieties," Klein said.

Variety Selection

Even in the Furnas County plots, winter wheat varieties yielded from 60.2 to 101.5 bushels per acre. 

The producer's choice of wheat varieties is crucial in achieving top yields and also in managing risk, Klein said. Producers should select three or four varieties with complementary traits or blend varieties if the operation is too small to plant several varieties. For example, a grower might select a high yielding variety with less winter hardiness and balanceit with a variety that yields a little less but has good winter hardiness.

For more information on the 2008 Irrigated Winter Wheat Variety Tests and the 2008 Dryland Winter Wheat Variety Tests, contact your local Extension office. Complete results for all UNL wheat trials conducted in 2008 are available on the Internet at http://varietytest.unl.edu/winterwheat/2008.html.

The following tables show data on each plot's top 10 hybrids and plot averages.

Faith Colburn
Extension Communications Specialist
West Central REC, North Platte

 

Table 1. Top 10 winter wheat varieties at five field trials conducted in UNL's West Central District in 2008.
 
Table 1a. Chase County Irrigated Wheat — 2008

Company

Variety

Yield

Moisture

BushelWt

Height

Lodging

Protein

Seedwt

 ----

NE03490

97

8.9

59.6

30

0.1

10.5

12.66

WESTBRED

Aspen (W)

93.6

8.8

59.4

35

0.1

11.4

13.16

AGRIPRO

Hawken

92.8

8.8

59.2

32

0

11.4

14.61

AGRIPRO

TAM 111

91.1

13

59.4

36

0.1

10.7

12.54

 ----

NI04436

91.1

9.5

60.4

36

0

10.5

11.31

 ----

NI05714

90.9

12.6

60.2

37

1

11.4

13.07

 ----

NX04Y2107

90.7

8.6

58

35

0

11.1

12.19

 ----

Bill Brown

90.6

9.1

59.6

34

0.1

10.5

14.29

 ----

NE01481

90.3

8.9

58.9

38

0

11.3

14.49

 ----

Wesley

88.9

8.8

59

33

0.2

11.3

13.05

Average of 35

 

85.1

9.9

59.8

35

0.7

11.2

13.16

 
Table 1b. Furnas County Winter Wheat Variety Test — 2008.

Brand

Variety

Yield

Moisture

BushelWt

Height

Lodging

Protein

Seedwt

 ----

Overley

101.5

8.7

59.7

39

28.3

11.2

12.8

 ----

NI04420

101.4

9.2

60.4

37

10.6

11.1

13.2

AGRIPRO

PostRock

101.4

9.2

60.5

35

4.7

10.3

12.4

AGRIPRO

NuDakota (W)

100.7

8.1

57.8

34

16.3

10.6

13.9

AGRIPRO

Art

98.8

9.3

60.7

34

20.2

11.3

14.8

 ----

2145

98.0

9.3

60.4

35

9.7

10.4

13.6

AGRIPRO

TAM 111

98.0

9.8

61.7

38

11.3

9.9

12.9

Husker Genetics

Overland

97.9

9.4

60.4

41

10.2

11.1

13.5

 ----

2137

96.8

8.9

59.4

37

6.7

10.1

13.4

WESTBRED

Smoky Hill

96.8

8.8

59.5

36

30.6

10.7

14.3

Average of 43

 

90.6

9.0

59.7

38

27.0

10.6

13.9

                 
Table 1c. Keith County Winter Wheat Variety Test — 2008.

Brand

Variety

Yield

Moisture

BushelWt

Height

Protein

Seedwt

 

 ----

Ripper

61.5

7.8

59.7

28

11.6

13.77

 

 ----

Alliance

60.5

8.2

61.3

28

10.8

15.00

 

 ----

Wahoo

59.1

8.2

61.2

31

11.1

14.61

 

----

NE03490

58.9

7.9

60.4

28

11.2

14.37

 

 ----

Hatcher

58.3

9.2

62.0

28

10.9

14.63

 

 ----

Arrowsmith (W)

58.2

8.2

60.0

33

11.2

15.54

 

 ----

NE04424

57.2

8.5

62.6

32

11.3

14.33

 

 ----

Trego (W)

57.2

8.4

61.7

28

11.4

14.19

 

Husker Genetics

Overland

56.5

8.5

62.2

33

11.3

14.78

 

AGRIPRO

TAM 111

56.4

8.6

61.5

31

11.2

14.44

 

Average of 43

 

53.9

8.4

61.5

30

11.6

14.60

 
                 
Table 1d. Lincoln County Winter Wheat Variety Test — 2008.

Brand

Variety

Yield

Moisture

BushelWt

Height

Lodging

Seedwt

 

WESTBRED

Smoky Hill

78.6

8.2

58.8

37

0

14.51

 

 ----

NE04490

71.6

8.2

59.1

36

0

14.14

 

 ----

2137

69.3

7.7

57.7

38

0

14.70

 

 ----

Wesley

67.9

7.3

56.5

39

0

14.92

 

 ----

Ripper

67.1

6.9

54.9

38

0

14.64

 

 ----

Alliance

66.1

7.9

57.6

40

10

15.26

 

 ----

Arrowsmith (W)

64.2

7.9

57.3

39

0

16.30

 

 ----

Trego (W)

63.8

7.8

57.6

39

0

14.64

 

Husker Genetics

Overland

63.7

7.8

56.9

37

0

15.31

 

 ----

Jagger

62.9

7.8

57.3

38

0

15.39

 

Average of 43

 

58.9

7.8

57.3

38

6.5

15.51

 
                 
Table 1e. Red Willow County Winter Wheat Variety Test — 2008.

Brand

Variety

Yield

Moisture

BushelWt

Height

Lodging

Protein

Seedwt

AGRIPRO

Art

83.7

8.9

59.8

35.0

1.0

12.0

16.37

WESTBRED

Smoky Hill

81.9

8.2

59.3

33.0

0.5

11.9

15.91

 ----

Alliance

81.7

8.4

59.4

38.0

7.8

10.8

14.89

 ----

NE01481

80.8

8.2

58.4

37.0

1.0

10.5

15.23

AGRIPRO

TAM 111

80.4

9.3

60.9

38.0

4.8

11.5

14.27

WESTBRED

Winterhawk

80.1

8.5

60.0

36.0

1.7

11.2

14.18

 ----

Trego (W)

80.0

9.1

60.1

35.0

0.0

11.3

14.62

 ----

Arrowsmith (W)

79.8

8.6

60.2

39.0

2.0

11.3

14.42

 ----

2137

79.3

7.8

59.3

35.0

2.2

10.8

14.89

AGRIPRO

Hawken

78.8

7.7

58.9

31.0

0.7

11.8

15.77

Average of 43

 

74.0

8.3

59.4

36.0

4.6

11.7

14.90