TAM 401 WHEAT is an early maturing, awnless, semi-dwarf, hard red winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) variety with red chaff. It has good stress tolerance and low vernalization requirement. It is adapted to all wheat growing areas in Texas, but has shown exceptional performance in the warmer and more humid areas such as South Central, Blacklands, and the Rolling Plains. TAM 401 has excellent grain yield potential, good resistance to foliar diseases, and acceptable hard red winter wheat end-use quality. Tam 401 is resistant to both leaf rust (caused by Puccinia triticina Eriks.) and stripe rust (caused by Puccinia striiformis Westend). Consequently, its performance has been excellent not only in Texas but throughout the Great Plains.
In comparison to wheat with awns, awnless wheat is preferred by cattle grazing on wheat pasture after the spikes have emerged from the boot. Tam 401 has good early fall forage production and much better grain production capabilities in a dual-purpose system than most other beardless wheats in the marketplace currently.
TAM 401 is protected under Title V of the U.S. Plant Variety Protection Act. Seed of TAM 401 may be sold only by variety name as a class of certified seed.
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