Winter Forage Wheat Variety MTF1435
In 2018, Montana State University partnered with two seed companies to commercialize MTF1435, a winter wheat developed as a successor to the popular Willow Creek forage wheat variety. Licensed territories include many western US states. The variety is still available for International licensing.
Montana State University (MSU) has developed MTF1435 as a successor to the popular Willow Creek forage wheat. MTF1435 is a tall, awnless, hard red winter wheat developed for forage production; however, the variety possesses grain yield and quality characteristics that make it attractive as a dual-purpose crop (forage and grain). Compared to Willow Creek, MFT1435 produces 35% higher seed yield and heads out 5 days earlier while maintaining similar forage yield and forage quality. MTF1435 is taller, earlier, and similar in forage yield and forage quality to Ray (MTF1432), a concurrent PVP-protected variety released by MSU in in Montana.
- Cost-Effective Seed Production: 35% higher seed yield than Willow Creek, the current regional standard winter forage wheat
- High Forage Yields: Dry matter yield of 3.54 tons per acre (ton/a) is similar to that of Willow Creek (3.37 ton/a) and Ray (MTF1432, 3.45 ton/a) over 20 Montana winter annual forage trials conducted from 2014-2017
- Cold Hardy: Bred to perform in the harsh northern climate of Montana
- Dual-Use Potential: MTF1435 produced similar grain yields to Northern and Decade varieties over 23 sites in 2017 trials at acceptable quality levels
- US plant variety protection (PVP) rights available for license and commercialization in all states except Montana and international plant breeder’s rights available for license and commercialization outside the United States.
- Additional agronomic information available at plantsciences.montana.edu/foundationseed/varietyrelease/18MTF1435licensed%20release.pdf
- To license, respond before Friday, June 1, 2018, to the licensing opportunity announcement at tto.montana.edu/tech/techopps/MTF1435_Licensing_Opportunity_Announcement.pdf
Darin D. Oelkers, CLP