The MSU Foundation Seed program provides foundation seed to statewide producer partners, primarily from the university’s spring and winter wheat and barley breeding programs in addition to oats, safflower, peas and lentils. We are an extension of MSU’s breeding programs and strive to increase recommended varieties with the assurance of genetic purity and quality standards.

Seed varieties are developed based on the needs of Montana growers facing climate, pest and soil challenges in the diverse agro-ecosystems of the state. The university responds with varieties specifically bred and adapted to meet these challenges, initially released as MAES varieties in the foundation stage of production.

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The Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology and the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee are pleased to announce that BranDee Johnston has been hired as the MSU Crop Variety Promotions and Education Specialist effective March 14. In her new position, BranDee will work under the supervision of Doug Holen, the Foundation Seed Program manager. A brief overview of her duties include educating producers and the general public regarding MSU plant genetics and variety releases; developing MSU’s participation in the pulse industry statewide; and working with Montana seed growers, out of state seed growers, and MSU’s Technology Transfer Office to expand markets for our plant genetic portfolio.  For additonal information, please go to

Effective January 1, 2021, research fees have increased.

New MSU Variety Releases
New Foundation winter wheat varieties available for fall 2022: MT-WarCat (MTS18149)
New Foundation barley forage variety available for spring 2023: MT-Cowgirl (MT16F02902)
New Foundation spring wheat variety available for spring 2022:  MT-Sidney
New Foundation durum variety available for spring 2022:  MT-Raska (MTD18313)
New Foundation durum variety available for spring 2023: MT-Blackbeard (MTD18348)
New Foundation green pea variety available for spring 2023:  MT-457

For new variety release information, go to:

MFSP Application

Current application materials (digital or download) to the Montana Foundation Seed Program.

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MSU Seed Price List

2022 varieties and prices as determined by the Montana Foundation Seed Program.

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BPMC Seed Price List

2022 varieties and prices produced by the USDA-NRCS Bridger Plant Materials Center.

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MSU Research Fee

The Research Fee supports the direction and funding of future development.

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