You’re invited to TriCal Field Day

When: April 12, 2016 Registrations begins at 9:30, concludes with a noon lunch.

Where: Northern AgriBrands Research Location in Lockett, TX
(Formerly Syngenta) 12167 Highway 70 South, Vernon, Texas.

Meet the Experts and Learn Industry Research and Technology

This field day event sponsored by TriCal Research Center along with the Texas A&M Extensions office will provide plot tours, presentations, Q and A plus a BBQ and prizes. This event is focused on farm, dairy and cattle producers.

For more information contact:
Northern AgriBrands 940-552-8881
Texas AgriLife 940-552-5474

Northern AgriBrands and Texas AgriLife again are collaborating on a cereal crop field day to expose producers to new opportunities for agricultural profitability. An excellent slate of speakers will be available to discuss topics timely to agricultural production in the Southern Plains. Emi Kimura, Rolling Plains Extension Agronomist from Vernon will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the commonly grown wheat varieties in the region. She will be joined by Ron French, Texas AgriLife Extension Pathologist from Amarillo, who will share thoughts on disease resistance characteristics of current wheats. He also will characterize this year’s disease epidemic and, with Dr. Kimura, will offer production alternatives to minimize effects of disease on productivity.

A new focus of this year’s field day will be triticale. Triticale is an emerging crop being used primarily for forage (grazing) and silage. Current estimates indicate that triticale now occupies nearly one million acres in Texas and is rapidly expanding. Mr. Matthew Bobbitt, Research Associate with TriCal Triticale in Vernon, Texas will present “Triticale 101,” a brief review of what distinguishes triticale from wheat and other cereal crops. Dr. Ron Kershen, triticale breeder from Canyon, Texas, will give a brief history of the crop including its current commercial status in the Plains. Dr. David Worrall will lead producers through a field demonstration in which new varieties of TriCal triticale have been planted in large blocks for comparison to wheat. Data will be presented comparing triticale forage production to wheat and oats. The concept of planning fall farm plantings to incorporate triticale will be discussed in the field.

The field day will culminate with a presentation during lunch by Mr. Stan Bevers, Texas AgriLife Agricultural Economist. Mr. Bevers has completed a first-ever economic analysis of triticale inclusion in a modeled small grains/stocker operation and will share with attendees the results of that analysis.

Lunch will be provided. Three CEUs will be available for chemical applicators

Local Accommodations

Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn

We look forward to seeing you at the TriCal Field Day! For more information, call 940-552-8881

Got hay? Triticale gets new focus from Northern Seed

It used to be “hay was hay.”

No longer.

Forage is the foundation of most livestock diets, and breeders are focusing on developing high-quality, high-yielding forages, such as triticale, with good disease packages. Triticale is one of those annual forages that have been grown all over the country for use in haying, grazing and in silage.

Ron Ueland, co-owner of Northern Seed LLC, based in Bozeman, Mont., said Northern recently purchased Syngenta’s triticale portfolio, its biggest deal to date.

The purchase includes all of Syngenta’s triticale assets, including its Vernon, Texas research facility, germplasm, triticale-related intellectual property and other assets, Ueland said.

“We had had great opportunities offered to us, and one of those opportunities is Syngenta’s triticale forage program,” he said.

Northern is looking forward to expanding its forage program as livestock producers search for better and higher-quality forages.

“We’re excited to expand upon Syngenta’s triticale varietal development program,” Ueland said. “Small grains are an underdeveloped crop segment and we are strongly focusing on small grains.”

Northern Seed has already become well known for its high-quality spring and winter wheat production, as well as for its malt barley, peas, lentils, and forage seed.

Ueland led WestBred, LLC., a national research and development firm specializing in small grains, in the 2000s, before starting Northern Seed in 2007.

Triticale research trials will now focus on increasing the nutrition and yields of forages from New York through California, and Dr. David Worrall, based in Vernon, Texas, will lead the nationwide triticale research program.

Triticale is a small grain, a cross between wheat and rye, but it is unique in that it does not volunteer like rye and it produces higher quantities of nutritious forage/silage than either rye or wheat, according to Worrall.

“Triticale is an important forage because of its versatility,” he said. “It is highly desirable for dairy cows as well as beef cows.”

There are several studies that have found triticale silage to have higher nutritional value relative to alfalfa silage, he noted.

“In manure management in dairies, triticale gives producers broader options to manage phosphorus and other nutrients,” Worrall said, adding that it is important to use the right triticale product for the right animal in the right region.

“Triticale is also great for dryland and irrigated producers because of its high tonnage per acre.”

There are both winter and spring triticale varieties.

While silage yields vary greatly depending on cultural practices and environment, research data demonstrates that triticale silage yields on irrigation of 20 tons per acre, and dryland yields of 8-12 tons per acre, are common.

In addition, triticale is good forage in times of less water.

Scientists are predicting a strong El Nino for the country, which in the case of the Northern Plains, could indicate less precipitation in the growing season.

“In limited water, triticale is a great forage to grow, a good tool in years of less rain,” Worrall said.

Triticale is also a quick-starting crop and works well in rotation with corn.

The newer varieties that Northern Seed is acquiring have better disease packages as well, he added.

The newest Northern Seed triticale varieties have resistance to rusts, as well as wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV).

In addition, Northern’s new triticale varieties are resistant to all class of aphids, which occur in high frequency in the Midwest.

Many cattle producers like to grow triticale with other crops as part of the cover crop mix, great for grazing and haying, along with its soil health benefits, Worrall said.

“Triticale has good crop growth all winter long, depending on location,” he said. For instance, in the central and southern Great Plains, cattle graze on triticale all winter long. “What is great about triticale is it can be grown in all areas of the country, including Canada.”

In fact, with its entrance into triticale, Northern Seed will now be able to have a presence in Canada, Ueland said.

“We will be able to sell our triticale varieties into Canada, so we are expanding internationally as well as domestically,” Ueland said.

Northern Seed acquires Triticale business from Syngenta

Northern Seed LLC, a Montana based company is expanding into the Triticale market, nationwide, with the purchase of Syngenta’s market leading Triticale program, including the Vernon, Texas site. This is another step for Northern Seed to continue growth and expansion serving domestic and international markets. The Northern Seed team will bring increased focus and support for the expanding triticale market with this acquisition.

Triticale plays a critical role in solving the need for forage, especially in areas with cattle and limited water.

Northern Seed will expand upon Syngenta’s leading varietal development program. Dr. David Worrall will lead a strategic triticale research program, nationwide, based in Vernon, Texas. Research trials will focus on increasing the nutrition and yields of forages from New York through California.

This investment complements Northern’s existing portfolio of wheat, barley, grasses, and peas/legumes. This strategy also complements other recent acquisitions including Montana Seed & Grain and WestFeeds, LLC. Barkley Seed, Inc will be a key licensed associate of these forage products, marketing in Arizona and California.

Paul Morano, key accounts lead with Syngenta Cereals said, “We focus on growers and wanted to ensure Triticale would continue to be available. We know Northern Seed is in a good position to continue offering high quality seed and expand the business into new areas and with ongoing R&D.”

About Northern Seed

Northern Seed, LLC is a Montana based company with multiple seed and feed production facilities. Northern’ s Research Center based in Bozeman is focused on researching and developing grains and forages in collaborations with other national and international research entities. Visit for more information.

About Syngenta

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn more visit and