Advocate business staff report
August 10, 2012
An LSU AgCenter researcher has developed wheat that can be grown profitably in wet conditions, a must for Louisiana’s damp winters, the AgCenter reported.
Wheat is grown mainly in dry climates, according to the AgCenter. Wheat growers even have a saying: “Wheat doesn’t like wet feet.”
But LSU AgCenter wheat breeder Steve Harrison has developed wheat lines that can tolerate local conditions.
Harrison worked with a consortium of six southeastern schools — the universities of Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina State and Texas A&M — to develop the wheat varieties.
Working with the consortium allowed Harrison to test the new wheat at more locations throughout the Southeast rather than just three locations within Louisiana.
“Looking at how varieties perform across the Southeast region helps make the breeding program much more efficient,” Harrison said in a news release.
Harrison said the breeding program partnered with the Georgia Seed Development Commission in Plains, Ga., to produce 1,200 bushels of the most successful variety, LA01110D-150, this year.
“This line has done extremely well across the region for the past three years,” he said.