“While that crop is growing, we’ve sent out a request for proposals to parties who have indicated an interest in licensing the variety,” Brown said. He said anyone else who is interested in submitting a proposal should contact him at 940-552-6226begin_of_the_skype_highlighting   or rsbrown@ag.tamu.edufor more information.

TAM 113 has been submitted to the State Seed and Plant Board for consideration and acceptance into the Seed Certification Program operated by the Texas Department of Agriculture and has been submitted for plant variety protection, which is similar to a patent, Brown said.

The license packet will include a protected variety that has to be produced in the certification program and the right to produce and sell that seed, Brown said. It is typical, then, for the licensee to sub-license that variety throughout the area of adaptation to other seed companies who would then produce TAM 113 and sell to producers in their area.

“For the producer, TAM 113 will probably be available on a broad basis in 2012 and 2013,” he said.

It takes any new variety approximately 12 to 15 years to make it from the initial cross through the selection, testing and purification process before it can be considered a possible release, Rudd said.

The TAM 113 cross was made in 1995 in Vernon, with the final selection made in Amarillo by Rudd in 2002. Along the way, it was recognized for its High Plains’ adaptation, yield and exceptional bread-baking quality under both dryland and irrigated trials, he said.

Further testing indicated superior disease resistance, which moved it from one of thousands of experimental lines to one of five that were tested in Great Plains’ regional trials, Rudd said. This means it demonstrated growing ability through the hard-winter wheat area from Texas to South Dakota.