Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The above photo shows a head shot comparison of the different Pioneer brand soft red winter wheat varieties on the market.You'll note how Pioneer brand 25R56 and 25R39 are both new awnless varieties.Some growers have preference for awnless wheat straw particularly for the bedding of baby chicks, race track stallions and wherever else the lack of an awned straw is preferred.The heads of 25R39 appear to be just slightly longer than those of 25R56.Both Pioneer brand 25R51 and 25R47 are awned varieties.Pioneer breeders see no advanatge for awned versus awnless wheat.The key to varietal release is superior yield,winter hardiness and disease tolerance.

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