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by Dennis Hull, click here for bio

Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: June 29, 2018

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At the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center field day in mid June, I caught up with Dr. Ryan Graebner who is the new OSU Extension Cereal Specialist. Of course, we talked about wheat varieties and weather.

Dennis: Ryan, What are some of the 3 top traits for breeding for winter wheat in this area.?

Ryan: Yield of course, and then good stripe rust resistance and having the quality that’s going to make the end users happy.

Dennis: You mentioned during your presentation NorWest Tandem being one of the better wheats for this area. Is there any downside to that variety?

Ryan: NorWest Tandem is a pretty well rounded variety. It’s got generally good stripe rust resistance, meets the end use standards, and yield wise, it’s done pretty well in this trial.

Dennis: End use standards would be milling quality or protein or what?

Ryan: Protein, test weights, and yes the milling quality. And there a whole other part that happens after the yield data where cereal scientists at OSU and Washington will be looking to see how specificially the different varieties make crackers and make the different products that might come out of this wheat.

Dennis: What makes the climate here at Pendleton unique for winter wheat?

Ryan: Pendleton’s kind of interesting in that it’s an intermediate rainfall, where it’s not the low 10 to 12 inches, but we don’t have 20 plus inches that they get up closer to Walla Walla.

My thanks to OSU’s Cereal Extension Specialist Ryan Graebner.

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