Variety Updates

Keldin – Continues to impress us on top end yield for your most productive acres. This variety excels in high yield conditions and requires a higher seeding rate to maximize its full yield potential. Keldin typically delivers a heavy, large, dense kernel type.
WarHorse – Combines a solid stem with good yield potential. This winter hardy variety also delivers good stripe rust tolerance.
Brawl CLP – Outstanding yield results and 2 gene Clearfield protection will help this variety deliver maximum yields along with clean fields. Brawl
CLP has a short to medium straw.
SY Clearstone CL2 – Is widely adapted across Montana’s variable soil types. Clearstone offers 2-gene Clearfield herbicide tolerance for superior weed control.

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Help us serve you better by letting us know about your planting intentions. Most varieties sell out, so now is the time to talk with a Northern Seed Specialist and determine the variety that will maximize your profit on each field.

Northern Seed Combats Sawfly

Sawfly is becoming an increasing concern in Montana and variety selection is key to managing this pest. Let’s take a deeper dive into Sawfly and the solutions available.

The Wheat Stem Sawfly is the most extensively studied insect in the Northern Great Plains. Past literature illustrates that the WSS distribution is primarily southern portions of Alberta, Saskatoon, Manitoba, Northern Montana and Western North Dakota. In more recent years WSS has been documented in most of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska and Northern Kansas. The WSS (Cephus cinctus) is not a true fly. It is a member of the order Hymenoptera, family Cephidae. Other familiar insects in this order include wasps, bees and ants. Damage to the wheat plant is by the larvae feeding on the inside of the stem and as the crop dries it burrows down the stem where it will overwinter at or below ground level and emerge as an adult in the spring. Losses are the result of the wheat stems breaking and tipping over not allowing the seed to fill completely and making it difficult for combines to pick up the crop. Previous losses due to the WSS are estimated at well over 100 million a year in the NGP and exceeding over 30 million in Montana. Estimates now are much higher with the expansion of the WSS area of adaptability.

At this time no true resistance to the WSS exists. Management tools available today are solid stem varieties; varieties that lack the pheromone that attracts the WSS, trap crops, swathing and rotational crops. Earlier releases of solid stem varieties were associated with having a yield drag due to the plant putting more resources into development of the stem and not yield. Plant breeders have improved the yield potential of solid stem varieties through conventional plant breeding and decreased the time in which it takes to develop a new variety through marker assisted selection.

For the winter wheat crop year 2015-2016 the varieties that are available from Northern Seed for management of the WSS are WB-Quake, Judee, Bear Paw and the newest release from MSU, Warhorse. All of these varieties exhibit some degree of stem solidness. Please consult with your Northern Seed representative for the variety that best fits your needs.

Protect Your Crops

As we look forward to the fall seeding season of 2015, I reminisce about the fall of 2014. Although every season is different I am reminded about the opportunities we saw from seed treatments that were used last fall. During the fall of 2014 there were green-bridge issues and unseasonably warm weather which brought on insect pressure to beautiful stands of winter wheat.

Those growers who used a high rate insecticide had nice control from aphids and other chewing/sucking insects. Using a high rate insecticide provides winter wheat the opportunity to be protected from these pests to allow healthy growth, free from viruses and feeding damage.

For 2015 Northern Seeds’ “Northern Extreme” seed treatment package offers growers the ability to choose a fungicide/insecticide package that has a high rate of insecticide present while providing a well-rounded, very effective fungicide package. This fungicide/insecticide package also provides growers a broad spectrum fungicide package that is active against seed and soil borne diseases.

Northern Seed also offers Stamina F3 Cereals which is a complete fungicide broad base fungicide seed treatment. This fungicide seed treatment package provides 3 different fungicides while providing different modes of action for resistance management of seed and soil-borne diseases. This combination also includes the active ingredient pyraclostrobin which provides winter wheat protection from certain cold conditions and also disease protection. These conditions arise from cold freezing temperatures from the air and soil.

Seed Treatments are very important; and protecting young winter wheat from environmental, temperature, insect and fungal pressure is where your return on investments shine from using the proper seed treatments.
Feel free to contact any plant manager or myself when choosing the right seed treatments for your winter wheat this fall.
“Have a safe and successful fall season from myself and everyone at Northern Seed.”

Billings Plant Investments Increases Speed and Quality

Recent improvements have been completed to improve the cleaning efficiency of the Northern Seed facility in Billings, Montana. The main improvements center around the order of the cleaning equipment and allowing the machines to function at their highest capacity.

Now this facility starts with the main cleaner known as an air screen machine. This machine scalps off any large foreign material followed by sifting out the fine chaff and dirt. After the air screen machine, the seed runs through an indent machine to help separate weeds and off spec grains of different sizes. The biggest addition is bringing the gravity table online to function for all seeds and not shut down or hold up the cleaning process. The gravity table allows us to remove the light density material which also has the highest chance of being the poorest germinating material. In addition many other spouts, gates and conveyors had additional repairs and maintenance. We are looking forward to a safe and successful planting season for the plant and all of our customers. Thank you for your continued support from the staff of Northern Seed.

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