The two varieties will go into registered seed stock in 2014, then to certified seed in 2015 and should be available in limited supply in the spring of 2016, Isleib says.

How good are they? “These new high oleic varieties don’t have quite the disease package as Bailey or Sugg, but they are at least statistically comparable,” Isleib says.

“Plus, they are high oleic, and that will add some value in the future,” he adds.

In two years of testing in the PVQE program, both the high oleic varieties were more than comparable to other varieties and all the currently available varieties except Bailey and Sugg.

In terms of loan-price value, Sullivan was rated at $629 per acre and Wynne at $573 per acre. Compared to Bailey at $730 per acre, neither is outstanding, but compared to older varieties like CHAMPS at $528 and Gregory at $470 per acre, they look good, even without the extra high oleic value.

Of the two new varieties, Wynne is a bigger, more upright plant than Sullivan.

Though Wynne has statistically more jumbo pods, both of the new varieties are in the 43-44 percent range for extra large kernels (ELK).

By comparison, Bailey was rated at 40.5 and CHAMPS at 37.8 over the same two year period in the PVQE trials averaged over all sites and years.

In disease resistance evaluations, Wynne has ranked a little higher than Sullivan, but both are in the 34-34 range (in tests at the Southern PVQE site only) for leafspot resistance.

Bailey, by far the best currently available variety, was rated at 38 in the same tests, while CHAMPS, another popular variety is rated at 31.

The two new varieties show comparable levels of resistance to CBR, tomato spotted wilt virus and sclerotinia blight as other varieties in the test program.