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NDSU releases Elgin-ND hard red spring wheat

By Staff | Nov 15, 2013

2014 marks the first year that Elgin-ND, a hard red spring wheat variety from North Dakota State University, will be available for general distribution to commodity growers. Elgin-ND’s attributes are yield, quality and disease protection.

Elgin-ND has high yield potential. According to North Dakota variety trial results for 2012, Elgin-ND’s yield beat five of the top six most popular varieties for the year in eastern North Dakota. The average yield in 2012 for Elgin-ND across eastern North Dakota locations was 62.6 bushels per acre, compared with 58.2 bushels for Barlow, the variety with the most acres planted in the state.

In addition to yield, protein levels of Elgin-ND are very good. Glenn is known for its quality and high protein, but Elgin-ND’s protein rivals it. In 2011, Elgin-ND had a higher average protein level (16.6 percent) than Glenn (16.5 percent). The average protein for Elgin-ND in 2010 through 2011 was 15.6 percent, which was just less than 0.1 percent below that of Glenn, but higher than Barlow’s 14.8 percent and Faller’s 14.3 percent.

Elgin-ND has a good disease resistance package, including resistance to prevalent leaf and stem rusts. It has protection against the new leaf rust race Lr21, although it still shows some susceptibility. Most commercial varieties available do not have resistance to leaf rust race Lr21. Elgin-ND also is moderately resistant/susceptible to scab.

The hard red spring wheat breeding program at NDSU developed Elgin-ND. It is widely adapted to the spring wheat region of North Dakota.

“As producers consider what to plant next year, they should take a look at Elgin-ND,” says Dale Williams, North Dakota Foundation Seedstocks director.

“Three of the most important characteristics wheat growers are looking for include yield, quality and disease protection, which Elgin-ND possesses.”

Elgin-ND is protected under the Plant Variety Protection Act with Title V. Only certified seed may be sold legally. Certified seed of Elgin-ND is available from most North Dakota county increase programs. Contact your local county NDSU Extension Service agent to ask about obtaining seed.

Elgin-ND is named after the city of Elgin in southwestern North Dakota.

Ag producers income tax management

program set

A tax management program will be offered to producers and tax preparers from 9 a.m. to noon CST on Monday, Nov. 18, at 11 interactive video sites in North Dakota.

The program, sponsored by the North Dakota State University Extension Service and Internal Revenue Service, will feature presentations by Ann Makres, IRS; Steve Eckroth, Eide Bailly, Bismarck; Rhonda Mahlum, Mahlum Goodhart PC, Mandan; Rick Mapel, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Grand Forks; and Steve Troyer, Eide Bailly, Fargo.

Experts will provide federal income tax updates and tax management alternatives while producers still have time to implement year-end tax management decisions.

Topics include:

Federal income tax update

IRS issues

Depreciation

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

Net investment income surtax

C-corporation succession planning

Family limited partnerships for succession and asset transfer

Affordable Care Act: selected tax issues

Payroll and related issues

Farm income averaging

A session on year-end tax planning will provide an overview of when to accelerate or defer income in conjunction with expense timing to manage tax liabilities now and for the future.

Four question-and-answer periods are scheduled during the three-hour program.

Preregistration is required because seating is limited. The cost for the program and materials is $12.

Interactive video sites for the program are at Bismarck State College; North Dakota School for the Deaf, Devils Lake; Bottineau County Courthouse, Bottineau; Dickinson State University Klinefelter Hall; NDSU, Fargo; County Office Building, Grand Forks; Law Enforcement Center, Jamestown; North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton; and NDSU Research Extension Centers in Minot, Langdon and Williston.

For additional information or registration, call the NDSU Extension Service in Fargo at (701) 231-8642.

For questions on either of this week’s topics contact the NDSU Extension Service Pierce County office by calling 776-6234 ext. 5 or by email at yolanda.goodman@ndsu.edu.

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