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Winter Wheat Growers Learn of Two New Varieties for 2015

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

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.

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

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

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.

Fritz warns that it is
moderately susceptible to acidic soils and susceptible to scab, so farmers in
that central region are encouraged to take necessary precautions. 

KanMark boasts
resistance to stripe rust, leaf rust, and soil-borne mosaic virus. However, this
variety is susceptible to Hessian fly and moderately susceptible to powdery
mildew and tan spot. It contains multi-gene resistance to leaf and stripe
rust, and tends to yield toward the top of yield trials, according to several
years of testing.

KanMark is the product
of a three-way cross and was originally bred for resistance for leaf and stripe
rust. Its pedigree includes lines from Parula, Pastor, and Karl 92. Fritz added
that this is a very short-statured, upright variety and that the producer may
not see much of a canopy, but he warns not to judge it until it comes across
the scale.

"I've always
thought this was an ugly duckling wheat," said Fritz. "But we're not
here to release bouquet wheat, we're here to release varieties that will make
money for producers, and I think it will do that."

KanMark is named to
honor Mark Carleton, who was a wheat researcher at K-State who originally
brought back varieties from Russia and used those to breed the variety Kanred
nearly a century ago. Carleton was also the first president of the American Society
of Agronomy. His contributions to the U.S. wheat industry were significant.

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