Maier Durum

Yield of Maier, Ben and Renville durum at six North Dakota locations 1996-1998.

Variety

Prosper

Carrington

Langdon

Minot†

Williston

Dickinson

Hettinger

Maier

75.5

42.5

48.3

45

35.4

45.8

76.7

Ben

77.4

41.5

51.6

45.2

34.7

47.9

69.6

Renville

72.8

37.7

50.9

45.1

34.9

47.7

71.3

† 1998 data only.

Maier durum was released by the North Dakota Agriculture Experiment Station in the fall of 1998.

Maier was released because of its very good quality and high yield potential. In regional and trials in North Dakota yield and heading date of Maier is similar to Ben and Renville. Maier has strong straw and has good lodging resistance.  Kernel size of Maier is larger than Renville but slightly smaller than Ben. Wheat and semolina protein content of Maier is higher than other varieties.  Maier also has high semolina extraction very strong gluten.  Properly managed Maier should meet the highest quality expectations.

Maier was named in honor of Mel Maier, former director of the North Dakota Wheat Commission and strong supporter of improved wheat quality.

Application has been made for Plant Variety Protection under Title V.

Agronomic description of Maier compared with Ben and Reville durum.

Variety

Height
(inches)

Straw Strength

Maturity

Foliar Disease

Scab

Test Wt.

Maier

31

Strong

M-Late

MR

S

58.8

Ben

32

Strong

Med

MR

S

59.8

Renville

33

Med

Med

M

S

59.1