WARF: P04397US

  • PVP issued.

High-Yielding Oat Variety Called "Esker"


Heidi Kaeppler, Ronald Duerst

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation is seeking commercial partners interested in a new, high-yielding oat variety.
OVERVIEWIn 2009, Wisconsin was the highest-producing state for oats with 13.3 million bushels. Wisconsin researchers are continually developing new varieties of oats suitable for the Upper Midwest.
THE INVENTIONA team of UW-Madison researchers has developed a new, high-yielding oat variety with improved disease resistance, agronomic and grain quality traits. This variety, named “Esker”, has kernels that are well-filled, yellow and non-fluorescent. Plants are intermediate in height with medium length leaves. Esker matures midseason and has consistently performed well in trials replicated over several years in many locations.
  • Commercial oat production
  • Improved crop performance
  • High yielding
  • Good grain test weights
  • Resistant to crown (leaf) rust
  • Good tolerance to barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV)
  • Uniform and stable phenotypic and genotypic plant characteristics
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Contact Information
For current licensing status, please contact Emily Bauer at or 608-960-9842.
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