MAES and Facilities News

The University of Minnesota (UMN), in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan, has released a new white hull oat variety called ‘MN-Pearl.’ MN-Pearl is a high-yielding variety with good straw strength and high groat percentage. It also has good overall disease resistance including moderate crown rust resistance and excellent smut resistance.

The University of Minnesota has released a new hard red spring wheat variety called ‘MN-Washburn.’ MN-Washburn features excellent straw strength and good overall disease resistance. In particular, it contains the bdv2 gene for resistance to Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus making in an excellent choice in years when BYDV is prevalent.

The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) is pleased to announce that Andrew Scobbie will be taking over as the Campus Operations Manager for the MAES Ag. Services Department when Thomas Warnke retires in 2018. 

The University of Minnesota has released a new hard red spring wheat variety called ‘Lang-MN.’ It is a well-balanced, high yielding spring wheat variety well suited for much of the spring wheat-growing region. Lang-MN is named after Ben Lang, past president of the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA).  

Shelly wheat.Shelly’ is the newest wheat variety developed by the University of Minnesota and dates for touring demonstration plots have just been announced. 

Itasca Grape.The University of Minnesota is releasing its fifth cold-hardy wine grape and it’s named “Itasca.”


'Bolles' wheat.‘Bolles’ is a promising hard red spring wheat released by the University of Minnesota’s Agricultural Experiment Station in January 2015. The variety’s outstanding characteristic is its very high grain protein content in combination with above average yield potential, a difficult combination to achieve.  


Merrick Inc awardMerrick Inc. recently honored MAES, and in particular the Plant Facilities Services staff, with one of their Shining Star Awards in honor of their 50th anniversary.