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2023 Foundation Seedstock Varieties at the Carrington REC

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The 2022 growing season featured wide weather extremes – April, May, and June had extremely high snow and rainfall, but July through October was very dry. This wild weather pattern set the stage for good quality small grain and broadleaf crops. With seed conditioning in progress, we will be able to offer a wide range of varieties for planting this spring. 

For your spring 2023 seed planting needs, listed below are the foundation grade seed stock varieties that the CREC has available in our inventory.

  • Spring Wheat: Faller, ND Frohberg, Glenn, ND Heron (New), MN Rothsay (New), MN Torgy and ND VitPro.
  • Durum: Divide, Joppa, ND Riveland and ND Stanley (New).
  • Barley: ABI Cardinal, CDC Fraser and ND Genesis.
  • Flax: AAC Bright (yellow), Omega (yellow), CDC Rowland (brown) and York (brown).
  • Field Pea: ND Dawn (yellow)
  • Soybean (Conventional):  ND Benson (0.4), ND Dickey (0.7), ND Rolette (00.9) and ND Stutsman (0.7).
  • Soybean (GT, RR1) ND17009GT (00.9) and ND2108GT73 (0.8).
  • Winter Rye: ND Dylan and ND Gardner.

CREC has three new varieties, all protected with seed laws so they must be sold as a class of certified seed. ND Heron (spring wheat) and ND Stanley (durum) will be released and distributed through the counties this spring. Seed requests for these two new NDSU varieties should be directed to your local county agent. MN Rothsay (spring wheat) requests can be made directly to Research Centers.

  • ND Heron is a cross between ND804/FREYER. It has yields similar to ND Frohberg and MN Washburn. Plant height is shorter than ND Frohberg and taller than ND VitPro with weaker straw. ND Heron carries good Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) resistance and intermediate Bacterial Leaf Streak resistance, resembling Glenn. It has good milling traits and possesses an extremely high level of water absorption capacity for baking purposes.
  • ND Stanley is high yielding with stiff straw and medium height. Heading date is about one day later than ND Riveland and Joppa. It has large kernels and a high test weight. ND Stanley is resistant to stem and leaf rust. It is moderately resistant to tan spot and FHB. The FHB is similar to Joppa.
  • MN Rothsay is a replacement wheat for Linkert. It carries a 10% higher yield along with good protein, disease resistance and very good straw strength.

If you are interested in any of these varieties, call the Carrington REC at 701-652-2951, e-mail at, or call Dave Copenhaver at 701-652-5853.

Other cultivars and additional quantities may be available from other Research Extension Centers and the Agronomy Seed Farm.

The NDSU Foundation Seedstocks Pricing Committee will set seed prices for this year’s seed soon and the prices will be published in the near future. Within the NDSU Foundation Seedstocks program, seed orders received by December 1 will be given preference and priority when allocating foundation seed.

David Copenhaver
Foundation Seedstock Manager