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Falling Numbers

July 2014, Wheatlife 

by Camille Steber, Arron H. Carter, and Michael O. Pumphrey 

Farmers who already balance a myriad of factors when choosing a particular wheat variety to plant now have a new concern to consider: a variety’s susceptibility to low falling numbers (FN).

Depending on an elevator’s discount schedule, varieties with an FN below 300 seconds can be discounted 25 cents per bushel for every 25 seconds they fall below 300. In 2013, such discounts cost Washington farmers millions of dollars. The Washington Grain Commission-funded project, “Developing Washington Wheat with Higher Falling Numbers,” is aimed at reducing the risk of low FN by breeding for genetic resistance. The data from this project can also help farmers choose cultivars with more resistance to low FN.

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Washington State University