LCS Debuts Three New CoAXium Varieties

The CoAXium Wheat Production System provides cost-effective grassy weed control.  In response, LCS and other breeding programs are developing varieties in record time.

May 13, 2020 – Not long ago, taking nine or more years to release a new wheat variety was considered standard practice. Breeders would cross two varieties and then spend years stabilizing the genetics and making selections. Now, with the help of new breeding techniques such as double haploid, genomic selection using molecular markers and rapid-cycle speed breeding, wheat breeding programs can turn out new varieties in six years or less. This improved efficiency has been a gradual change in the industry that, for the most part, has gone without much notice from farmers — with the exception of the CoAXium® Wheat Production System.

In June of 2015, the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF), Albaugh, LLC and Limagrain Cereal Seeds (LCS) joined forces to change the way farmers produce wheat and control winter annual grassy weeds. Together, they created a cost-effective production system that combines elite wheat varieties with a patented non-GMO herbicide-tolerance trait and a new post-emergent ACCase grass herbicide. CoAXium allows growers to produce more, higher quality wheat with less dockage and foreign matter.

Breeding companies have been moving quickly to develop wheat varieties that work with the new production system ever since — at a speed never before seen in wheat genetics. A short five years after the CoAXium collaboration began, there have been 11 AX variety releases.

Limagrain Cereal Seeds is one of the breeding programs leading the charge, with four CoAXium hard red winter wheats in its portfolio. All four varieties provide excellent grassy weed control, and each one offers additional distinct advantages for Central Plains farmers:

LCS Fusion AX, the first LCS AX release, is a proven performer across the Central Plains and shows especially good drought tolerance.

LCS Photon AX also has excellent dryland performance, as well as the heaviest test weight and highest protein in the LCS CoAXium lineup. The new HRWW also offers improved end-use quality.

LCS Helix AX is a new release and the most broadly adapted CoAXium variety yet. LCS Helix AX offers an intermediate height, strong straw, improved stripe rust tolerance and desirable end-use quality.

LCS Atomic AX, also new, delivers top-end yield potential. With its early maturity, intermediate height and showy heads, LCS Atomic AX is ideal for the South Central Plains.

Other available CoAXium varieties include Incline AX, Crescent AX, Battle AX, AP18 AX, CP7017 AX, CP7050 AX and Buckhorn AX.

The CoAXium Wheat Production System and U.S. breeders plan to continue advancing genetics while providing a cost-effective solution to yield-robbing grassy weeds. More CoAXium varieties are in the pipeline, including ones with well-known LCS Chrome in the pedigree, and the herbicide-resistant trait has been integrated into public and private breeding programs across the country.

LCS Atomic AX production field in Tonkawa, OK. Photo Courtesy of Zach Balahtsis with DT Farms.
The CoAXium Wheat Production System (left) versus wheat overtaken with feral rye (right).
Wheat overwhelmed with downy brome (left) versus the the CoAXium Wheat Production System.
An LCS Fusion AX production field in Tonkawa, OK. Photo courtesy of Tom Hill with DT Farms.

About LCS

Limagrain Cereal Seeds (LCS) is a cereal breeding operation dedicated to developing new wheat and barley varieties bred expressly for farmers’ climates, soils and growing conditions. LCS is a division of Group Limagrain, a farmer’s cooperative established in 1965 with cereal breeding programs in every area of the world wheat and barley are widely grown. Through the exchange of elite Group Limagrain germplasm across six continents, LCS gives U.S. farmers access to the best genetics in the world. LCS combines modern technology with traditional principles of sustainable agriculture, allowing the company to bring varieties to market in nearly half the time of conventional breeding.


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Zach Gaines

LCS National Sales and Marketing Manager



About DT Farms

DT Farms is a fourth-generation farm located in Tonkawa, OK. DT Farms has all four LCS CoAXium varieties in seed production. For more information, contact Tom Hill at 580.761.2771.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.