2016 was generally a very good year for HRS in the Northern Great Plains with an early planting and timely harvest for much of the region. However, violent storms with excessive hail and moisture resulted in lower yield and quality, especially elevated DON levels, in northern areas of ND and MN.
2017 was a year of contrasts with low or no yields due to severe drought in the western areas and some record yields in the northeastern areas, much on the strength of stored moisture from 2016, and fortuitous thunderstorms. The HRS varieties region-wide were shortened in 2017, lodging was not a big issue. The HRS varietal performance from the TCG trials is summarized, note that all 6 environments listed are in the eastern growing area, so they do not reflect the extreme effects of the drought-impacted western environments.