2018 was another unique year in the Northern Great Plains, after a long winter the weather rapidly changed with record average temperature in May on into the first part of June. The HRS crop was pushed a bit, however, yields were generally good, for many, there was just enough rain to make a good crop. Some high wind thunderstorm events caused an outbreak of BLS in the regions causing serious yield loss in some areas.
TCG DURUM BREEDING: TCG has a long association dating back to the Dakota Growers Pasta (DGP) breeding project (1996-2012); Brad Miller was the agronomist, I was the breeder for WestBred, and the late Jim Quick joined, breeding directly for DGP. A number of outstanding varieties were released during these years. WestBred released Primo D’oro, Grande Doro, Wales, and Westhope.
DGP released DG Star, DG Max and VT Peak. These varieties were a unique combination of Desert Durum and NDSU releases. The result was generally good standing, high yielding varieties, with improved scab
resistance and weathering resistance coupled with timely drydown. VT Peak is a culmination of that background and is sold by Lawson Jones and Mark Birdsall as a CPS of Canada product.
Our new project is a cooperative venture with TCG, CPS of Canada, Northern Seed LLC of Bozeman MT, and our 2 Durum Associates. We began testing DGP/CPS lines in 2016 and selected a new release, TCG-BRIGHT. TCG-Bright produces high quality durum grain with exceptional color, and hard vitreous kernel percentages. Yield has been excellent from Minot, ND to Scobey, MT. TCG-Bright is a quality companion variety to the hardy all-purpose durum variety VT Peak.