North Carolina State University Peanut Breeder Tom Isleib hit a home run with development of Bailey and Sugg varieties of Virginia-type peanuts, and his next two releases, both high oleic varieties, may be his biggest contribution yet to the peanut industry.

Standing between freshly dug rows of Sullivan and Wynne varieties of peanuts, the North Carolina State plant breeder beams with pride at how well the two new high oleic varieties are doing in the PVQE tests at Virginia Tech’s Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center near Suffolk, Va.

Sullivan is named for former North Carolina State Peanut Specialist Gene Sullivan and Wynne is named for former North Carolina State University peanut breeder and College of Agriculture Dean Johnny Wynne.

Both varieties are in foundation seed stock development and could be available to growers in limited supply as early as 2016.

After going through two or more years of testing at several sites in North Carolina, the two new high oleic varieties were sent to the PVQE test program in 2010.

Maria Balota who heads the PVQE program, says both varieties have performed well in tests in the program.

Prior to release, Sullivan and Wynne had to be approved by the North Carolina State Breeders Release Board. This group includes breeders, pathologists and other scientists who are charged with regulating what does and doesn’t get released as official North Carolina State released varieties.

Then, the two new peanuts had to be approved by the North Carolina State Intellectual Properties Committee.

Both Sullivan and Wynne were released as varieties this spring. They are now in foundation seed stock development.