Hard red spring wheat (HRSW) is produced in a wider and more diverse geography than any other market class in North America. Much of this diversity is due to the fact that hard red spring wheat seed does not require a vernalization cycle, giving it the ability to make the transition from vegetative to reproductive growth stage without a cold interlude.Nearly 11 million acres are planted in the United States every year, yielding 400 million bushels. HRSW has stronger gluten characteristics and higher protein content than other classes and is used to make fine breads, rolls and bagels.
Hard red spring wheat is also known as Dark Northern Spring wheat (DNS) and is considered by many to be a specialty class, due to its strong gluten characteristics and high protein content. These unique production qualities enable end users to produce fine breads, hard rolls and bagels. Mixed batch flour is also produced by combining high protein HRSW with lower protein market classes to improve loaf volume, dough handling, water absorption and other mixing characteristics. Aside from its role as an ingredient in food products, HRSW is also used in the production of laundry detergent, paper manufacturing and ethanol.
Driven by Innovation
The Limagrain Cereal Seeds HRSW program is based in the Northern Plains and Pacific Northwest. LCS programs produce 2,500 new crosses annually, a proportion of which are HRSW lines. The most promising new crosses are quickly cycled through our doubled haploid program. During summer months, additional proprietary germplasm is field tested in more than a dozen nurseries located in Washington, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho and Minnesota. During winter months, rapid cycle germplasm progression occurs through our single seed descent facility in Fort Collins or in the field. Additional technologies, such as marker-assisted selection (MAS), are used to produce varieties with specific genes that provide beneficial resistance to various pests and pathogens, as well as excellent end-use characteristics.
Proven Spring Wheat Varieties
At LCS, we are proud of the fact that all of our HRSW 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.
To learn more about our elite hard red spring wheat varieties, click on the variety name organized by region on the top right of this page or contact your local sales manager listed below.
To obtain the most accurate technical data possible, ratings and scores are comprised of all available LCS and public research data. The results presented on this website may not be an indicator of results you may obtain in your individual location, as local growing conditions — including soil type and weather — may vary. All growers are advised to evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible. Links to current university data are available on our Performance Data page.