In irrigated areas in Uttar Pradesh, the rice-wheat and rice-potato cropping patterns are most common. Early-maturing (110-120 d) rice varieties are in great demand and so are those with high yield potential and resistance to prevalent pests and diseases. There are limited releases (Narendra 80 and Saket 4) of this mid-early irrigated group. These varieties are grown to increase the overall productivity of such areas. Released by the State Variety Release Committee of Uttar Pradesh in October 2004, NDR2026 (IET14998) is one of the new additions in the mid-early group.