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WSU Breadlab Varieties and Advanced Lines

Eileen

Hard/Soft Spring Wheat based on a brightly colored composite bulk of purple and merlot colors.

Eileen is named in honor of the late Eileen Anna Kisler, grandmother to our longtime collaborator Keith Kisler of Finnriver Grain. Eileen was a prolific and excellent baker and a force on their family wheat farm near Warden, WA.

2021

Salish Blue

Perennial Grain

2021

Single head of Salish Blue.

LeSourd

Hard Red Winter Wheat

LeSourd is named in honor of John LeSourd, great-great grandfather of longtime collaborator Clark Bishop, whose family has farmed Ebey Road Farm in Island County since 1885. This area has held numerous national and international records for wheat yields and continues as one of the most prolific and beautiful places to grow wheat on the planet.

2021

Ruth

Hard Red Spring Wheat

Ruth in named in honor of the late Ruth Christensen, who kept the books for her family farm in Yamhill Valley, OR, a farm that had been in her family since 1918. Ruth was the sister-in-law of Merrill Lewis, retired English professor and casual wheat breeder. Merrill bred this wheat as well as the Edison variety. He chose to name this wheat after Ruth because even in the rockiest of times she was always the incredibly fair voice of reason.

2021

Wolfe

Hard Red Winter Wheat, composite of 18 crosses

Wolfe is named in honor of the late Dr. Martin Wolfe who, with the YQ population, showed us that yield, quality and diversity is not only possible but required in a changing climate and world.

2021

Skagit 1109

Hard Red Winter Wheat

Skagit 1109 is the first winter wheat developed specifically for the maritime climate of the pacific northwest and is a germplasm release to provide resources for growing as a crop, reselection, disease resistance and end-use quality attributes. It is considered a modern landrace that was developed specifically for whole wheat uses.

2016

Single head of Skagit 1109.

Xerpha

Soft White Winter Wheat (common)

Xerpha is named in honor of Xerpha Mae Gaines (1891-1970), WSU alumna, botanist, taxonomist and weed scientist. This is in recognition of her vast, and lasting, contributions to agriculture and science at WSU and the Pacific Northwest.

2008

Single head of Xerpha.

MDM

Hard Red Winter Wheat

MDM is named in honor of Michael Dale Moore, dryland wheat farmer and WSU research cooperator, for his commitment to the improvement of winter wheat for the low rainfall areas of the state of WA.

2005

Bauermeister

Hard Red Winter Wheat

Bauermeister is named in honor of Dale and Dan Bauermeister, dryland wheat farmers and WSU research cooperators, for their commitment to the improvement of winter wheat for the low rainfall areas in the state of WA.

2005

Single head of Bauermeister.

Masami

Soft White Winter Wheat (common)

Masami is named in honor of Masami “Dick” Nagamitsu, WSU wheat researcher, in appreciation for 39 years of dedicated service to the improvement of winter wheat for the low rainfall areas of the state of WA.

2004

Single head of Masami.

Bruehl

Soft White Winter Wheat (common)

Bruehl is named in honor of Dr. George W. Bruehl, WSU plant pathologist, in appreciation for 32 years of dedicated service to improvement of snow and mold resistance in winter wheat for the state of WA.

1999

Single head of Bruehl.

Edwin

Soft White Winter Wheat (common)

Edwin is named in honor of Dr. Edwin Donaldson, WSU Wheat Breeder, in appreciation for 28 years of dedicated service to the improvement of winter wheat for the low rainfall areas of the state of WA.

1998

Single head of Edwin.