PlainsGold varieties dominate NASS Colorado Winter Wheat Variety Survey
Hatcher was the most popular winter wheat variety in Colorado for the sixth year in a row, planted on 30 percent of all winter wheat acres in the fall of 2012, according to the Colorado Winter Wheat Variety Survey released by U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service this spring.
Hatcher and other Colorado State University varieties owned by the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation and sold under the PlainsGold brand accounted for 70.7 percent of winter wheat acres planted in Colorado identified by variety in the survey. The Winter Wheat Varieties report tabulated responses from 1,054 winter wheat producers throughout Colorado.
Another PlainsGold variety, Ripper, continued to hold a top spot in second place with 8.5 percent of the market. Tam 111, Snowmass, Bill Brown, Tam 112, Bond CL, Winterhawk, Settler CL and AP 503 CL2 rounded out the top ten varieties. PlainsGold held five of the top 10 spots with Snowmass, Bill Brown and Bond CL all being CSU-developed varieties. Snowmass moved up to fourth place with 5.1 percent of the acreage, significantly higher than last year's 3.9 percent.
Hatcher was developed by the CSU wheat breeding program and was released to CWRF in 2004. Ripper was released in 2006. Bill Brown was released in 2007. Snowmass was released in 2009. The CSU wheat breeding program is partially funded by Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee assessment funds, and by royalties returned from certified seed sales of CWRF wheat varieties.
"We continue to see an excellent return on our assessment dollars through the premier varieties developed at CSU," said CWAC President Sara Olsen of Yuma, "Colorado farmers consistently plant primarily PlainsGold varieties because these varieties improve their bottom line through their high performance. I am confident that with the new varieties like Byrd and Antero, producers will continue to choose varieties developed with producer funding, as they see the value to their farming operations."
To read the full report, visit http://bit.ly/2012varsurv.