'Howard' Hard Red Spring Wheat (RFP-134)



'Howard' is a hard red spring wheat (HRSW), semidwarf variety that is best adapted to the growing conditions in central and western North Dakota, but also has performed well in eastern North Dakota. 'Howard' is expected to replace acreage of 'Reeder' and 'Parshall', both NDSU-released varieties.

The parentage of 'Howard' includes the varieties 'Parshall', 'Grandin' and 'Amidon', along with several experimental lines. One of the experimental lines is the same one that provided the scab resistance in 'Steele-ND'.

According to NDSU plant pathologists, 'Howard' has a level of scab resistance similar to 'Steele-ND'. It also is resistant to current races of stem and leaf rust. 'Howard' has a higher level of resistance to other predominant leaf diseases than all other NDSU varieties except 'Dapps'.

'Howard' is similar in maturity to 'Alsen', a 2000 NDSU release and the predominant HRSW variety grown in the state. 'Howard' is slightly taller, but has slightly weaker straw strength than 'Alsen'. However, the straw strength of 'Howard' is stronger than that of 'Parshal'l or 'Steele-ND'.

'Howard' was named after Howard Olson. Olson served as superintendent and oversaw the relocation and establishment of the NDSU Research Extension Center at Williston at its present site five miles west of Williston.

In 41 trials conducted between 2003 and 2005 at the Carrington, Prosper, Langdon, Minot, Williston, Dickinson and Hettinger Research Extension Centers, 'Howard' yielded 4.2, 1.6, 0.8, 3.6 and 1.2 bushels per acre more than 'Alsen', 'Glenn', 'Parshall', 'Reeder' and 'Steele-ND', respectively.

In 21 trials at the Minot, Williston, Dickinson and Hettinger Research Extension Centers from 2003 to 2005, 'Howard' outyielded 'Parshall' and 'Reeder' by 3.6 and 0.8 bushels per acre.

Test weight and average protein of 'Howard' is similar to that of 'Alsen'. 'Howard' has a larger kernel size than either 'Parshall' or 'Reeder' and has excellent milling and baking properties.

To help ensure genetic purity, 'Howard' is protected by PVPA (certificate No. 200700003).


Howard Brochure.pdf

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