Red River Runner, a new peanut variety released jointly by Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University and USDA-ARS, is expected to become the dominant runner variety planted in Oklahoma.

Red River Runner is a high oleic variety with resistance to sclerotinia. Yield compares favorably with current runner-type peanuts but maturity is earlier and grades are superior.

The release was announced last week during a Field Day at the Caddo Research Station in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma.

Red River Runner is derived from a three-way cross among Tamrun 96, breeding line TX901639-3, and Sunoleic 95R, the donor of the high O/L genes. The original cross was made in the spring of 1997 at College Station, Texas. The line was first tested in Southwest Oklahoma in 2002.

Red River Runner was acquired by USDA researchers from Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and Oklahoma State University scientists in 2002 to screen for Sclerotinia resistance.