AGS 2026

Wheat

At a Glance

AGS 2026 is a high-yielding, medium-maturing, high test weight, soft red winter wheat with short vernalization. This variety is awnless, medium-tall, with excellent straw strength. It has excellent milling and baking qualities.

While it has slightly less straw strength than AGS 2020, AGC 2026 is a very good variety with excellent yield and resistance to disease. One of a very few varieties with Biotype L Hessian fly resistance; AGC 2026 also has good resistance to soil-borne mosaic virus, leaf rust and stripe rust.


Cultivation

Marketed by AgSouth Genetics, AGS 2026 is recommended statewide. This variety requires more vernalization than AGS 2000.


Testing

Agronomic evaluations of AGS 2026 were conducted from 2005 to 2007 in the Small Grain Performance Trials for Georgia. In the 2005 U.S. Department of Agriculture Uniform Southern Yield Trial, AGS 2026 ranked third out of 45 entries for grain yield over 21 locations. It also was evaluated in 2006 in the Uniform Southern Wheat Nursery.


Development

AGS 2026 was developed by Dr. Jerry Johnson and Dr. G. David Buntin at the University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga. AGS 2026 is a wheat variety that is protected under the Plant Variety Protection Act, which means it can only be sold by individuals licensed by the University of Georgia Research Foundation (UGARF) and Georgia Seed Development (GSD). Sold by AgSouth Genetics.


Breeder

Dr. Jerry Johnson

Dr. Jerry Johnson

Dr. Jerry W. Johnson is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia in the Department of Crop and Soil Science where he has been leading the successful small grain breeding program and educating UGA graduate students since 1977.

Born in Perry, Ga., Dr. Johnson was raised on a family farm growing peanuts, cotton, corn, and swine. Prior to his appointment at UGA, Dr. Johnson was the small grain breeder at the University of Maryland. 

His research focuses on the development of small grain cultivars and germplasm with superior productivity, disease and insect resistance, and milling and baking quality. He has released or co-released more than 33 small grain cultivars. The program identifies, incorporates and evaluates potential cultivars for their agronomic suitability and capacity to resist economically important pests such as leaf rust, powdery mildew, and Hessian fly. This research also emphasizes the identification and utilization of marker-assisted selection of genes resistant to important diseases and insects.

Dr. Johnson, named a Fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America, is the recipient of numerous state and national awards, including the Georgia Crop Improvement Association Superior Service Award (1993), Georgia Superintendent Friend of Education Award, American Society of Agronomy Career Research Award - Southern Branch (2000), University of Georgia Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award (2003), and Georgia Seedsmen Association Outstanding Service Award (2009).

Dr. Johnson graduated from Purdue University with a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics. He earned a B.S. degree in Agronomy from the University of Georgia and an associate degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.


Affiliations

  • University of Georgia
  • The Department of Crop and Soil Science