Montana State U Offers New Wheats for 2012

License requests for new Clearfield varieties face Friday deadline.

Published on: Jun 12, 2012

Scientists at Montana State University have a nice surprise for wheat growers.

Two new Clearfield varieties are now available for licensing.

The lines – MTCL1067 and MTCL1077 experimentally named until they are labeled with easier to remember tags – were derived from the Yellowstone variety and keep the Clearfield two-gene resistance to the imidazolinone family of herbicides.

Tests across Montana show similarities to Yellowstone in end-use quality and disease resistance. The first of the new comers – MTCL1067 – grows to maturity earlier and taker than does Yellowstone.

Montana State U Offers New Wheats for 2012
Montana State U Offers New Wheats for 2012

Both starlet cultivars appear to have improved stem rust resistance compared with their backcross parent and are superior in yield performance compared with the two-gene Clearfield winter wheat variety predominantly used in Montana: AP503 CL2.

To be eligible for licensing, prospective licensees must have a current Clearfield commercialization agreement with BASF, the firm producing herbicides to which Clearfield wheat is resistant.

Companies may license only one of the two new varieties. The licensing is contingent on BASF's approval of the new varieties following its review of MSU's data on the new lines' herbicide tolerance.

Companies with a current BASF Clearfield agreement interested in licensing the new varieties must submit a license proposal by June 15.

New varieties of winter wheat are the latest technologies for licensing from MSU wheat breeding efforts. For more details and to inquire about licensing, interested firms should contact Nick Zelver at MSU's Technology Transfer Office by calling (406) 994-7868, or e-mailing him at To check out a MSU website on new technologies, go to

In other western wheat news, Colorado wheat producers' official Glenda Mostek notes that the new PlainsGold brand is bringing farmers in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska more of the best wheat varieties they have used for decades.

For years, plains farmers have produced many of the varieties now offered via PlainsGold, she notes. For more information, visit