The founder of Paramount Seed Farms, planted his first certified seed wheat in the fall of 1946. It was a new variety called Wichita. It was dry that fall. Very little growth appeared. The 1947 winter was also dry and strong winds were common. His Wichita field had to be chiseled (solid) to control wind erosion. Not a blade of live wheat could be seen in the early spring. Then it started to rain in the l947 spring. A few springs appeared between the chiseled clods. A miracle began to appear before his eyes. That field gave him a yield of 40 BPA (comparable to 80 BPA today), convincing him of the value of planting certified seed. We have been doing that ever since.

We believe the planting of top quality certified wheat seed can do the same for you!!!

Paramount Seed Farms, through a network of Contract Growers, currently has varieties that have been bred and released by Agripro, Trio Research, Watley Seed, and Kansas State. All are adapted for growing on the Central and parts of the Southern High Plains.

We highly recommend that you spread your risk by planting more than one variety. There is NO variety that will be the best every year! Plant most of your acres to what has, historically, done the best for you on your acres; but keep trying some new varieties so as to keep upgrading your production.

Listed below are varieties we currently have available.


Winter Barley production is making a ‘come-back’ in the Central and Southern Plains of the USA for the following reasons:

  • Low production costs that give higher profit potentials. e.g., very little pest control and 10-15% less fertilizer and water than for even wheat.
  • New variety yield potential equals that of grain sorghum.
  • New varieties are as winter hardy as winter wheat.
  • New varieties have lodging resistance.
  • Winter barley gives the most and best fall gazing for cattle (up to 400+ calves/irrigated acre–October through December)
  • High livestock grain feeding value (2% higher protein and lysine than either corn or milo).
  • Early grain harvest makes double-cropping feasible in many areas.
  • Barley straw equals prairie hay, nutritionally, for livestock.
  • Barley straw is being used as an organic algae control agent.
  • Barley is more drought resistant than even wheat.
  • Adding barley into crop rotations helps control crop diseases/pests that are costly to control in monoculture situations.
  • Human nutrition research is discovering barley consumption advantages, e.g. barley lowers cholesterol more than oats.

New Winter Barley Varieties

P-919 is beardless, and the best we know for fall grazing and forage production. Its potential for grain production is also good in spite of its test weight being less than some varieties. It topped our grain trials in 2003. Winter hardiness is between Tambar 501 & Weskan. P-919 can grow tall but still has slightly better than average lodging resistance. Too much fertilizer and/or water can cause lodging. P-919 was released by the University of Nebraska in 2005. Seed is produced and marketed exclusively by Paramount Seed Farms and our Dealer and Associate Network.

P-713 is a University of Nebraska variety, released in 2003. It has less grazing potential than either P-919 or Tambar 501, but it has more lodging resistance and grain yield potential. Disease resistance is similar to P-954. Winter hardiness is good. Seed is marketed exclusively by Paramount Seed Farms and our Dealer and Associate Network.

P-954 is a short variety with strong straw and excellent drought resistance. It is our highest test weight barley that yields very well. P-954 makes prostrate growth in the fall, so it is not recommended for grazing. Disease resistance is adequate, but barley yellow dwarf can cause a problem. Seed is grown and marketed exclusively by Paramount Seed Farms and our Dealer and Associate Network.

Pennbar 66 was developed by Pennsylvania State University. Pennbar 66 had been our highest grain yielding barley, topping 117 BPA (dry land) in our 2009 Test Plot. We’ve had irrigated Pennbar 66 top 170 BPA in the Texas Panhandle area. Pennbar 66 has less grazing than Tambar 501 or P-919 (beardless). Pennbar 66 has a very good disease package and tends to start dropping beards as it ripens. Seed is marketed exclusively by Paramount Seed Farms and our Dealer and Associate Network.

Tambar 501 is a Texas A & M Experiment Station release. Tambar 501 has excellent fall grazing potential and high grain yields. Winter hardiness would equal P-954. Forage production is much higher than it is for either Post or Tambar 500. Tambar 501 normally stands very well, but it can lodge under high fertility and moisture conditions. When drought stressed, Tambar 501 beards cling to the grain. Seed is marketed exclusively by Paramount and our Dealer and Associate Network.

Barley vs. Wheat

  • More pasture/grazing in Fall than from wheat.
  • Barley ripens 7-10 days earlier than wheat, making double cropping back to beans, milo, flowers, or forage sorghum more feasible.
  • Barley is resistant to Karnal Bunt.
  • Barley requires 10-15% less fertilizer and water.

Barley vs. Milo

  • Cash production costs for barley may be 40% less than for milo.
  • Barley makes better use of early spring rains.
  • Barley harvest is in June instead of October, helping both early cash flow and livestock feed needs. This also helps to facilitate crop rotation.
  • Barley has better feed value — 2% higher protein and lysine.
  • Barley should sell at a higher price than milo.

Barley vs. Corn

  • Variable production costs are much less for barley–up to 45% less!
  • Barley does not need summer rains. Spring rains are enough.
  • A June harvest with barley can help cash flow and feed ration needs. It also helps to facilitate crop rotations.
  • Barley has 2% higher protein and lysine than corn.
  • Some feedlots and dairies will pay corn price, or more, for barley.

Barley vs. Rye or Triticale

  • Some barley varieties (like P-919) will produce equal or more forage production in the fall. Cattle often like barley better.
  • Volunteer barley seed or plants will NEVER CONTAMINATE machinery or infest your fields!

There IS a market for your barley even though most country elevators in the Central and Southern Plains do not have facilities to handle barley. On-farm grain storage is very helpful in marketing barley. The current barley markets, now, include:

  • Your own livestock
  • A neighbor, or Livestock Feed Lots
  • Large dairy, beef, or hog operations
  • Pet food manufacturers
  • Barley Grain Brokers


  • Pricing of winter barley has ranged from ‘below milo’ to ‘above corn’. It should never sell for less than milo, however, because of barley’s higher protein and lysine levels.
  • A nickel under corn, per cwt, will make money for both parties.
  • Clean, heavy test weight barley should bring a premium.
  • Potential barley users must have a reliable supply, and barley producers must have a reliable market.
  • Establishing contracts between producers and users could be highly beneficial for all involved. Paramount is dedicated to the development of such!


Ovation 2 is a second generation Stand fast alfalfa with the Fast Growth trait that brings more yield potential and a stronger disease Package that maximizes total seasonal forage yield for those Aggressive alfalfa managers.

Bird Seed Ingredients

  • Red Milo
  • White Milo
  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • Barley


7D222 VT
110-111 days

  • Double Pro-Genuity for non-rootworm acres
  • Good for dry land to full irrigation
  • Handles high pH soils very well
  • RR2 and Triple Stack

7R184 RR2
107-109 days

  • Fontanelle’s top-selling corn hybrid
  • Good for dry land to full irrigation
  • Handles high pH soil well
  • Very good refuge corn

8T639 VT3
112-114 days

  • Triple Stack
  • Handles high pH soils
  • Excellent for dry land or limited irrigation
  • 20% refuge requirements

7T231 VT3
110-111 days

  • Triple Stack
  • Consistent yields on dry land
  • 20% refuge requirement

5T750 VT3
99-100 days

  • Triple Stack
  • Very good dry land hybrid
  • Handles high pH
  • 20% refuge requirement

5T429 VT3
101-103 days

  • Triple Stack
  • Very tough dryland hybrid
  • Handles high pH
  • 20% refuge requirement

4T722 VT3
96-98 days

  • Triple Stack
  • Very tough early dryland hybrid
  • Handles high pH
  • 20% refuge requirement

Grain Sorghum

GE – 5615

  • Medium Maturity
  • Very Good Drought Resistance

GE – 4532

  • Medium Early Maturity
  • Good Drought Resistance
  • Tall Plant – Stands Well
  • High Yield Potential

W – 5040

  • Medium Early Maturity
  • Very Stable Yield – Consistent

G – 3245

  • Early Maturity
  • Very Stable Pedigree

GE – 2413

  • Very Early Maturity
  • Plant In Narrow Rows
  • Excellent Drought Resistance

W – 1000 (White)

  • Medium Late Maturity
  • Preferred Food Grade Milo
  • Excellent Yield
  • Tall But Stands Well

W – 4525 (White)

  • Early Maturity
  • Drought Resistant
  • Food Grade
  • Short Plant With Good Head Exertion

Jerry Oats

Jerry oats are a dual purpose oat. They can be used for both grain and forage. Jerry oats were developed by the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and released in 1994. Jerry is similar to Newdak in heading date and height and has good lodging resistance. Jerry has white hulls, which are fluorescent under UV light. The kernels have a high-test weight, groat percent, and whole oat protein but are not as high as Hytest in ND tests. Disease resistance ratings are moderately susceptible to red leaf (BYDV). Jerry carries moderate resistance to crown and is moderately susceptible to stem rust. The variety has medium-high protein.



  • RR2Yield Soybean
  • 3.8 Maturity
  • Good for dry land or irrigation


  • RR2Yield Soybean
  • 3.1 Maturity
  • High yield potential for irrigation


  • RR2Yield Soybean
  • 3.0 Maturity
  • Handles stress well


  • RR2Yield Soybean
  • 2.9 Maturity
  • Good all around soybean

Wheat: Public Varieties

Fuller Hard Red Winter Wheat
Fuller is a bronze-chaffed, semidwarf hard winter wheat from K-State, with much better shattering tolerance than Overley. It also tillers better than Overley and has smaller seed. It is medium in height with average straw strength, good drought tolerance, and good yield potential. Fuller is early maturing, heading a day later than Jagger. Fuller has fair to good winterhardiness. It has below average fall grazing. Fuller is moderately susceptible to acid soils.

JaggerHard Red Winter Wheat
Jagger is a K-State release that is still popular in some areas of Oklahoma and Kansas. Jagger starts off fast both in the fall and in the spring, and so it can get hurt by late spring freezes. It has exceptional milling and baking qualities and very good drought tolerance. It has good performance on low pH soils. Jagger shatters easily, has below average straw strength, is susceptible to leaf rust and powdery mildew, and often test weights are below average.

Overley Hard Red Winter Wheat
Overley is an early maturing variety from K-State, most closely resembling Jagger. It has good acid soil tolerance. It is resistant to stripe rust and has good test weight. Overley has fair winterhardiness and is characterized by large seed. It does not tiller well, shatters easily, and is very susceptible to head scab, freeze injury, and leaf rust. Overley is known for its exceptional milling and baking quality.

Wheat: Agripro Varieties

PostRock Hard Red Winter Wheat
AgriPro PostRock has good general adaptation across most of the state of Kansas and in southern Nebraska. It is a very consistent variety and has a solid yield record. It has very good test weight and good aluminum tolerance. PostRock has intermediate resistance to leaf rust and moderate resistance to stripe rust. It has excellent straw strength, good winter hardiness, and good grazing potential in the fall. PostRock does well when planted late, and late planting could help avoid infection from barley yellow dwarf.

Big Dawg Hard Red Winter Wheat
Long coleoptile. Good Straw strength.

Hawken Hard Red Winter Wheat
If you plant winter wheat, you want the same agronomic qualities you expect from your spring wheat — disease resistance, short height and straw strength. AgriPro Hawken—no compromises.

Very Good Test Weight and Protein
Excellent Foliar Disease Package
Excellent Straw Strength
Good Winterhardiness
Early Maturity

Jagalene Hard Red Winter Wheat
Jagalene provides an unmatched combination of agronomics and yield, which has made money for farmers across the Great Plains.

Hard red winter wheat
High yield performance
Very good test weight and protein
Early maturity
Semidwarf height with excellent straw strength
Good drought tolerance

TAM 111 Hard Red Winter Wheat
TAM 111 is a high yielding, white-chaffed, hard red winter wheat variety, released by the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in 2002. It has tall stature for a semi-dwarf variety, which in combination with excellent drought resistance, makes it well suited to dry land production on the High Plains of Texas and north through the wheat belt of Kansas. It also has a strong irrigated yield record and is unlikely to lodge or shatter. Thus, it is also a good choice for irrigated production, but should not be grown where leaf rust is a likely production constraint. Its medium maturity makes it less susceptible to late spring freezes than other popular cultivars, such as TAM 110 and Jagger. Grain processing attributes of TAM 111 are generally superior to those of previous popular varieties released by TAES.
TAM 111 is moderately resistant to wheat streak mosaic virus and barley yellow dwarf virus, and resistant to stripe rust. TAM 111 exhibits susceptible reactions to the green bug, Russian wheat aphid, and Hessian fly. While it possesses leaf rust resistance genes, leaf rust races that are prevalent in the southern Great Plains have overcome these.

Wheat: Watley Varieties

TAM 112 Hard Red Winter Wheat
TAM 112 has been exclusively licensed to Watley Seed Company. TAM 112 Hard Red Winter Wheat has a very high grain and forage yield and has good milling and baking characteristics. It is widely adapted and had a superior grain yield in regional trials from central Texas to southern Nebraska in both irrigated and rainfed environments. It is resistant to green bugs, possessing the same resistance genes as TAM 110. Although it is resistant to the prevalent races of leaf rust, new races which are virulent on Lr 41 (the gene present in TAM 112) are present in Texas and may increase in prevalence. It is susceptible to stripe rust. Due to its limited rust resistance, TAM 112 is recommended for the High Plains but does perform well in other areas in the absence of rust pressure.

Wheat: Trio Varieties

T81 Hard Red Winter Wheat
T81 has been a solid performer in the Western High Plains with a consistent yield record and good standability. Historically, it has scored near the top in K-­State and Texas A&M Panhandle yield trials. It has excellent drought tolerance and good winter hardiness. T81 tillers very well and covers the ground quickly in the fall. Overall, it is an excellent choice for planting in either dry land or irrigated settings.

T136 Hard Red Winter Wheat
T136 was developed by Trio Research and released in 2009. It is well adapted to the southern half of Kansas and Oklahoma. Though T136 would not be considered a ‘racehorse’ variety, it will produce a consistent yield that finishes well in dry years. It is an excellent choice when subsoil moisture conditions are dry at planting time. Along with a great shattering reputation, T136 has excellent drought tolerance and good straw strength.

Wheat: Other Varieties

Armour Hard Red Winter Wheat
Armour is a short, early maturing wheat developed by WestBred and licensed to AGSECO in 2008. It is broadly adapted to the Central Plains and had an outstanding year in 2010, following good yield records in K-State performance plots in 2008 and 2009. It has done well in all of Kansas, eastern Colorado, the northern half of Oklahoma, and all of Nebraska. Armour is one of the few varieties resistant to the new race of stripe rust. It has excellent tolerance to low ph soils, exceptional straw strength, very good tillering, and good leaf rust and powdery mildew resistance. Armour has good drought tolerance, but it needs moisture at the time of spring green up. It has good test weight. It is susceptible to bacterial blight. Armour offers excellent yield potential to the Central Plains region.