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River Valley District

Wheat Plots


  • Tom Meeks Wheat Plot           
    • Located east of Idana on 16th road

Order from South to North

1 - WB 4269 (check)

WB 4269  This variety from WestBred is adapted to a line more or less following U.S. Hwy. 281 and east.  In the most recent variety trials, it finished in the top quarter of most of the yield trials in central KS.  It has an excellent leaf health package being resistant to leaf and stripe rust along with powdery mildew.  It is an early-maturing variety with good fusarium head blight (scab) tolerance along with good test weight and winter hardiness.

 2 – KanMark

KanMark   This variety from Kansas Wheat Alliance is targeted primarily for western and central Kansas, especially areas west of Hutchinson and Salina. Its area of best performance has been in western Kansas where it is regarded as a workhorse variety: fairly consistent toward the upper middle of the pack on yield charts but is responsive to good conditions. It can also be grown under irrigation or high management.Under heavy stripe rust pressure, it can show susceptibility. It is extremely susceptible to scab and should be avoided on acid soils. It has shown good winter-hardiness and moderate drought tolerance. It is a very upright wheat and, therefore, often looks thin in the field, but has held its height well during drought conditions.

3 – Larry

Larry  This Kansas Wheat Alliance variety has high tillering capacity with good top-end yield potential under increased management such as a fungicide application in high stress conditions.    It is somewhat taller than typical varieties from KSU’s Manhattan-based program.  It doesn’t put on a lot of fall forage, but it has good tillering capacity, good straw, and does well under drought stress.  It is resistant to stripe and stem rust, but moderately susceptible to leaf rust and scab along with less desirable baking and milling quality.

4 – Zenda

Zenda  A K-State variety that was released for a replacement of the Everest variety.  It is a medium-early, medium-height variety that has moderate resistance to leaf, stem and stripe rust.  Zenda is expressing good yield potential for the central corridor and eastward.  Among the best of varieties regarding tolerance to scab (fusarium head blight) so a good choice after corn.  It was the fourth-most planted wheat variety in Kansas for the crop year 2019.

5 – Everest

Everest  This variety from Kansas Wheat Alliance remains one of the “go-to” varieties for eastern and central Kansas.  For six years, it was the most-planted variety in the state until dropping to fifth place this year.  Everest will need to be sprayed for either stripe rust or tan spot if those diseases are a problem.  It is more resistant to barley yellow dwarf than most and is intermediate to scab and Hessian fly, so good if planting behind corn.  It seems to tolerate mid-season drought in the fall and fills well under drought.  Everest is not a high-tillering variety, so to sustain top yields it does need to get established well in the fall.

6 - WB 4269 (check)

7 - Rock Star

Polansky Rock Star This variety is a NEW medium-maturity that has adapted well for different parts of Kansas especially, north central/central, eastern and southern areas.  Rock Star has good straw strength and above average tolerance to the wheat streak mosaic virus.  It also has better than average tolerance to aluminum toxicity with low pH soils and very good winter hardiness.

8 – Paradise

Polansky Paradise  New Polansky hard red winter wheat variety with a high-yielding potential package.  Paradise keeps pace with top-tier wheats in farmer-documented yields.  It has had a good yield record through central Kansas into northern Oklahoma, performing among other good yielders in the past couple of years.  Paradise is a medium-early variety with good stripe rust resistance and moderate tolerance to leaf rust along with excellent fall forage production. Its’ milling and baking quality is excellent along with good tillering and test weight.

9 - LCS Valiant

LCS Valiant This NEW University of Nebraska variety with high-end yield has stability across a large geography.  It has higher-than-average protein levels and a pretty good disease package with intermediate resistance to leaf and stripe rust.  Valiant has excellent winter hardiness, good fall ground cover with high tillering and an overall excellent yield record where adapted

10 - LCS Link

LCS Link  This Limagrain Cereal Seed variety was bred in collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln resulting in a variety with excellent straw strength and winter hardiness.  It has shown a strong initial adaptation to the I-70 corridor and north last year, and its’ range has been extended south. LCS Link has a good track record in state variety trials.  It has a good disease package with resistance to leaf, stem and stripe rust along with barley yellow dwarf. 

11 - LCS Photon AX

LCS Photon AX   This Limagrain Cereal Seed variety offers excellent test weight, high protein, good yield potential and a height ideal for low rainfall production. In addition to this agronomic package, LCS Photon AX also demonstrates desirable end-use quality.

12 - WB 4269 (check)

13 - SY 517CL2

SY 517 CL2  This variety from AgriPro/Syngenta is a two-gene Clearfield line with consistent yields and good winter hardiness.  It is resistant to leaf rust along with very good straw strength and test weight as well as high tillering ability.  It is best adapted to northern Kansas with yields competitive with non-Clearfield varieties. 

14 - SY Grit

SY Grit Agri-Pro/Syngenta’s variety is medium-maturity that is best suited to Kansas, most of Oklahoma and the Texas High Plains. It has shown quick emergence in the fall and upright forage growth. It has done well on both irrigation and dryland conditions along with excellent straw strength and acceptable milling and baking qualities. Grit has a good disease package with resistance to stem rust and soil-borne mosaic and intermediate to stripe rust.  

15 - SY Monument

SY Monument  This AgriPro/Syngenta variety is positioned for central and western Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and the Texas Panhandle with the most planted wheat in 2019 in KS.  SY Monument has good stripe, leaf and stem rust resistance, showing very high tillering and good test weight.  This is a variety to keep an eye on!  It is widely adapted and gaining popularity for good reason, proving itself with consistency with an overall good leaf disease package and few weaknesses.

16 - SY Wolverine

SY Wolverine This is a NEW early-maturing variety with heavy SY Wolf parentage.  It has good standability and an excellent yield in the Central Plains, Western High Plains and under irrigation.  Wolverine has optimal characteristics for grain and grazing.  It has good disease tolerance with resistance to stem rust and soil-borne mosaic along with tolerance to leaf rust and tan spot.  Wolverine has shown good test weight and very good winter hardiness.

17 - SY Benefit

SY Benefit   This variety from AgriPro/Syngenta is adapted to the central and eastern Plains and comes with similar scab tolerance as Everest.  Its’ medium in stature along with straw strength is similar to SY Monument.  Benefit is resistant to stem rust and moderately resistant to stripe rust along with tan spot. Benefit has a very good yield record in the East and has a consistent yield record in the central corridor.  It is a good fit after dryland corn and has good milling and baking qualities.

18 - WB 4269 (check)

19 - Bob Dole

Bob Dole  This variety from AgriPro/Syngenta is meant for the central corridor and comes with very good tolerance to rust and some tolerance to Fusarium head blight.  Bob Dole has a good overall disease package with resistance to leaf, stem and stripe rust along with excellent baking and milling qualities.  Good yield potential for the central region.  Be sure and increase your seeding rate, somewhat, because of the large seed size.  Potential lodging above 80 bu./acre, but does have average straw strength

20 - WB Grainfield

WB Grainfield  This variety from WestBred has medium-late maturity, and is positioned primarily for areas north and west of I-35 with being the second-most seeded variety in KS in the fall 2019.  It generally has very good yields at the western locations and has shown relatively consistent performance in test yield data.  Grainfield has lost some of its’ overall leaf disease resistance, with the exception of Septoria leaf blotch and Soil-borne mosaic.  It has very good drought tolerance and test weight, but is moderately susceptible to leaf and stripe rust.

21 - WB 4303

WB 4303  A release by WestBred that has high-end yield potential and is adapted to intensive management and irrigated acres.  With its’ yield contest history, large head, and tightly packed spikelets, this is a variety to push for yield, but could lead to low test weight.  A fungicide application might be necessary to reach full yield potential. WB 4303 is intermediate for Barley Yellow Dwarf and is good for winter hardiness. 

22 - WB 4699

WB 4699   This NEW WestBred varietyis a hard red winter wheat with excellent yield potential and an overall very good disease package. It holds winter dormancy well and has excellent standability. To help maximize grain protein, fertility management is recommended

23 - WB 4792

WB 4792  This NEW WestBred variety is a hard red winter wheat with excellent yield potential and leaf rust resistance. This medium-late maturing variety has very good winter hardiness and good resistance to wheat streak mosaic virus and stripe rust, contributing to its’ strong western plains adaptation.

24 - WB 4269 (check)

25 - Grainfield/Monument/T158 (home raised)

26 - Benefit/Icon/Zenda (certified)