A new high-yielding and stress-tolerant Colorado State University hard red winter wheat release has been named Bill Brown, a tribute to a CSU professor and extension plant pathologist who died in 2003.
The variety illustrates an excellent defense against leaf and stripe rust, according to CSU breeders.
Brown, who came to CSU in 1980, devoted his career to improvement and management of grain diseases, including leaf and stripe rusts.
The wheat variety "has been a top-yielder over a three-year average in the dryland trials," reports CSU wheat breeder Scott Haley. He believes the newcomer is equal in yields to the Hatcher variety.
Importantly, two years of the tests were conducted during drought years in 2005-6. However, Brown also topped other varieties irrigated trials and has the potential to be the standard for irrigated wheat growers, says Haley.
In an agreement between CSU, the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, and the Colorado Seed Growers Association, Bill Brown wheat will be offered to the CWRF for sales. It may be grown and sold only as a class of certified seed by the CSGA members licensed by the CWRF.
The foundation will obtain a certificate of plant variety protection under the Plant Variety Protection Act, and royalties will be paid to the foundation by certified seed producers.