|Glenn wheat nearing harvest.|
|NDSU Hard Spring Red Wheat testing fields|
By 2005, extensive field tests confirm a high yield, higher protein, greater resistance to shattering, and improved disease resistance when compared to existing varieties. It also rates superior in milling and baking properties.
Glenn has substantial awns. As the plant enters boot stage, the awns can be seen first, emerging just in front of the important flag leaf. Then the immature kernels begin to show.
A side note on the risks of product development – in the category of “you can’t please everyone.” One goal of modern wheat breeding is that the ripe wheat does not shatter (fall to the ground) before harvest. Farmers report that Glenn is so good at holding onto its kernels, that threshing is more difficult, often leaving many ‘whitecaps.’
|"Whitecaps." Kernels of Glenn not fully threshed.|
A Minnesota wheat farmer wrote: “I agree excellent quality wheat but doesn't thrash worth a #####. [Good yield, but] why give away 3 to 8 % of it as dockage?”