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Winter Wheat Growers Learn of Two New Varieties for 2015

Bill Spiegel 07/31/2014 @ 2:56pm I grew up in north-central Kansas, and am the Fourth Generation to maintain and manage our farm; we grow wheat, soybeans and grain sorghum. I'm a 1993 graduate of Kansas State University in ag communications.

Winter wheat producers in the central U.S. learned of two new wheat varieties on July 31.

Syngenta announced the launch of SY Clearstone CL2 for Montana and western North Dakota; meanwhile, Kansas State University’s new KanMark will be marketed in Kansas and surrounding states.  

“SY Clearstone CL2 is an ideal option for planting this fall because it excelled in a broad range of yield trials in this area and combines excellent yield potential with the agronomics growers have been seeking,” said Corey Dathe, Northern Plains cereals key account lead, Syngenta. “As certified seed, it provides growers with added assurance for consistent performance and high quality.”

A hard red winter variety, SY Clearstone CL2 is a taller, semi-dwarf variety with good test weight and winter hardiness. It offers high protein content and, with two-gene herbicide tolerance, it also gives growers improved weed management options, while still offering high yield potential.

As a two-gene Clearfield variety, growers can use the herbicide Beyond to control and suppress troublesome weeds. 

KanMark suited for central Plains

Meanwhile, KanMark, from Kansas State University’s wheat breeding team, features reliable yield potential even under low-precipitation ideal conditions, according to wheat breeder Allan Fritz.

It is targeted primarily for western Kansas, but can be grown in central Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas, and eastern Colorado.

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