Project Leader: Mat Kolding, Emeritus Cereals Specialist
Major research efforts include study of both wheat and triticale. Wheat and triticale disease and grain production issues are being examined. Triticale research has also focused on forage production and quality, as well as nutrient removal. Wheat and triticale research plots have existed at the station for many years. The variety trials have been a mainstay of the research conducted at HAREC. Cereal research has been a long-term commitment for Mat. He has helped and continues to help answer fundamental production concerns of cereal growers and fieldmen in the area.
Research includes interrelationship of fall planted triticale forage nutrient values with minimal water use in residual nitrogen and phosphorus regimes. Variation and selection for decreased infestations accessed through lateral ruptures of wheat caryopsis pericarp and aleurone tissue. Selection of wheats tolerant to standing water due to rain storm events which create ponding in the northern prairies. Evaluation of western regional hard and soft winter wheat entries. Evaluation of western winter and spring wheat stripe rust nurseries. High Elevation nursery near Flora, Oregon for evaluation and selection for dwarf bunt, stem rust, late season stripe rust, snowmolds, cephalosporum stripe, and frost heaving.