Limagrain sells two new strains on high yield, quality


Capital Press

New wheat varieties from a European seed company are aimed at Northwest growers.

The first certified seeds from Limagrain Cereal Seeds new varieties, LCS Artdeco and LCS Azimut, are available for fall planting, a company official said.

LCS Azimut is a hard red winter wheat for the bread and general baking markets. LCS Artdeco is a soft white winter wheat targeted for export to the Far East for noodles, flatbreads and cookies.

Jean-Bruno Beaufumé, who heads the company's Pacific Northwest breeding program in Waitsburg, Wash., said his goals are to focus on wheat that will bring in value for farmers by improving yield, disease resistance and quality.

The two new varieties were originally bred in Europe. Through trials, now in their third year, Beaufumé found they are well-suited to the Northwest.

Azimut offers good protein, nitrogen management and test weight and a disease resistance package, particularly to stripe rust and strawbreaker foot rot, Beaufumé said. It should work in most locations, matures early and is winter hardy, he said.

Artdeco is well-suited to southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon, with a high yield on irrigated or high-rainfall acres. It is not highly winter hardy and might have a little susceptibility to stripe rust, he said.

Yield results vary depending on rainfall zone and other factors, but Beaufumé said the varieties placed in the top three for trials in their zones.

The Washington State Crop Improvement Association worked with Limagrain to raise the varieties. Manager Jerry Robinson believes they will be competitive varieties with good agronomics and yield.

Robinson said Limagrain vice president of research Jim Peterson collaborated with the company as an Oregon State University wheat breeder on the hard red variety Norwest 553. Azimut and Artdeco are the first independent offerings from Limagrain Cereal Seeds, he said.

"They're bringing a lot of European germplasm, which has the potential to be higher yielding than some of the stuff we've seen," Robinson said.

The expanded number of varieties will benefit farmers, Robinson said.

"It's giving growers more choice and more availability to look at varieties that would be viable for their farm," he said. "There's such a broad spectrum of varieties out there now, the grower is going to have to be much more educated than he has in the past about what varieties he wants to use."

Beaufumé said he is entering other soft white and hard red varieties into Idaho, Oregon and Washington variety trials, including more varieties intended for dryland areas.


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