The Wheat Beat

The Wheat Beat is the NC Small Grain Growers Association’s weekly email update that is sent to our distribution list with the latest information in small grains news, research, events, and policy updates. If you would like to be added to our distribution list to receive these informative weekly updates please email Nikki Johnson at

The North Carolina Wheat Variety Selection Tool

The North Carolina Wheat Variety Selection tool allows you to find varieties with a search by variety name to look at specifics, or to Query varieties and filter by certain characteristics such as yield or disease resistance. Once you have narrowed your search you can directly compare multiple varieties side-by-side. In addition, through the Analytics tool you can look at individual location, statewide and multi-year data all in the same window, and sort by whichever characteristic you are most interested in. The tool can be accessed here:  and a user tutorial can be found on the Small Grains Extension YouTube Channel.

Small Grain Official Variety Tests

The 2021 NC OVT Small Grain data is now available, and can be found on the NC OVT website here:

Small Grains 2021 | NC State Extension (

For more information and the latest in Small Grain Production practices be sure to visit NC State University’s Small Grain Website at:

Grain Quality Analysis for NC Farmers

NC State University has a new Grain Quality Analysis Laboratory located in 4215 Williams Hall on Main Campus. North Carolina Farmers can submit whole grain samples for analysis in this lab free of charge, if those samples are submitted through their local County Extension office. Call your local agent to submit a sample and they will complete the Grain Quality Analysis Lab Submission form. Once submitted by your agent they will receive an email confirmation that should be printed to send with your sample. 

The lab can assess: %protein content using NIR %, moisture, test weight, falling number, DON level in ppm (upon request).

Send a one-quart whole seed sample to: 

Grain Quality Analysis Lab Attention: Angela Post 

3709 Hillsborough Street Raleigh NC 27607 

Educational Downloads

The NC Small Grain Growers Association is happy to provide educational resources to the public as we strive to make Agriculture Education a top priority. Please see the available downloads below:

Dr. Nick Piggott’s Presentation on Understanding the Grain Market

The Truth About Gluten

NCSGGA Wheat Kids Page

NCSGGA Myth vs. Fact Brochure

NCSGGA About Us Brochure

NCSGGA Wheat Nutritional Brochure

NCSGGA Consumer Information Page

NCSGGA Coloring Page