Department of Plant Science
Just as pieces of iron can be heated and hammered into something new and different, plant breeders can forge new varieties by recombining the DNA of existing plants. Forge hard red spring wheat is an example of this powerful technique.
Parents of Forge are Butte 86, Guard, and Sharp. Although Forge shares characteristics with each of its parents, it is a unique cultivar.
The South Dakota Agricultural Experimental Station released Foundation seed of Forge in the spring of 1997. Certified seed is available for the 1999 season. Application for Plant Variety Protection has been made, and Forge will be sold only as a class of certified seed (Foundation, Registered, or Certified).
Forge Hard Red Spring Wheat, SDSU Wheat Breeding Program, Butte 86/Guard/Sharp, SD 3156
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Rudd, J. and Hall, R. G., "Forge: A New Hard Red Spring Wheat" (1998). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 733.