Soft Red Winter Wheat (SRWW) represents the third largest market class in the United States. Though it ranks behind its two “Hard Red” counterparts in terms of annual production volume, it is grown by farmers in 25 different US states, most of which are located east of the Mississippi river. In 2010, Ohio was the SRWW leader in the US with 780,000 acres planted, equating to nearly 49 million bushels produced. In 2012, 8.1 million acres of SRWW were planted in the US (15% of total wheat acreage), producing a total of 420 million bushels.
SRWW, sometimes referred to as “Chicago Wheat” (due to the fact that it is traded on the CBOT), contains low to medium levels of protein and soft endosperm. These qualities make it suitable for use in the production of cake flour, pastry flour, self-raising flour, and when mixed with all-purpose whole-wheat flour from Hard Reds, SRWW creates excellent flatbreads, cakes, cookies, pastries and crackers.
Limagrain Cereal Seeds SRWW program is located in Lafayette, Indiana. The program is headed by Wheat Breeder Dr. Don Obert. The most promising new crosses are quickly cycled through our Doubled Haploid program. Proprietary germplasm is field tested in more than two dozen nurseries located in AR, IL, IN, OH, KY, MI, NC, MO and VA. During winter months, rapid cycle germplasm progression occurs through our Single Seed Descent facility. Additional technologies, such as Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) are used to produce varieties containing specific genes that provide beneficial resistance to various pests and pathogens, as well as excellent end-use characteristics.
At Limagrain Cereal Seeds LLC, we are proud of the fact that all of our SRWW varieties have been extensively studied and field tested for consistency and performance across a wide range of environments and conditions long before they ever make their way to the farmer. In October the SRWW team finished planting this years performance trials, in which they drilled more than 30,000 individual plots all over the eastern half of the United States.