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.

MTF1435 wheat stats


  • 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



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