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Stem rust remains a threat to wheat

There could be a looming threat of a stem rust outbreak in Kansas, according to Erick DeWolf, Kansas State University Extension plant pathologist and professor in the Department of Plant Pathology. DeWolf spoke about the possibility of a stem rust outbreak at the 2019 Kansas Seeds and Crops Conference. Stem rust, a disease that [...]

Winter Durum in Development for Western Kansas

Wheat growers in western Kansas may have an opportunity in upcoming years to grow durum varieties thanks to the Kansas State University Wheat Breeding Program. Although durum is not traditionally grown in Kansas because it is normally a spring wheat, Andy Auld, assistant agronomist, and Dr. Allan Fritz, professor and wheat breeder at K-State, [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|News Alert|Comments Off on Winter Durum in Development for Western Kansas

Weather Watch: Six Month Outlook for Winter Wheat in the Great Plains

Kansas wheat farmers will potentially see and feel effects from the El Niño weather pattern expected to move into the United States over the next six months. Although the El Niño is expected to be fairly weak, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has predicted that most of the country is going to be slightly [...]

By |November 16th, 2018|News Alert|Comments Off on Weather Watch: Six Month Outlook for Winter Wheat in the Great Plains

Visit Our New Interactive Map

  Kansas Wheat Alliance's (KWA) varieties are developed by K-State researchers to best meet the needs of Great Plains Farmers. KWA is proud to introduce this season's genetically superior varieties that perform in every environment. To learn more about which K-State varieties work best for your region, visit our new interactive map by clicking [...]

By |September 26th, 2018|News Alert|Comments Off on Visit Our New Interactive Map

In wheat seed, size matters

As wheat drilling season is upon us, producers are making management decisions that will affect the performance of their crop. Economics always play a role, but many farmers are really scrutinizing their costs due to the current commodity market. As the Good Book says, 'you reap what you sow.' Seed is one of the [...]

By |September 26th, 2018|News Alert|Comments Off on In wheat seed, size matters

Behind the Breeder

Agricultural Technicians are an integral part of the wheat breeding program The Kansas State University Agriculture Research Center in Hays has been a pioneer in wheat development for years. Dr. T. Joe Martin, former wheat breeder at the station, paved the way for future breeders like Dr. Guorong Zhang, the current wheat breeder at [...]

By |September 22nd, 2018|News Alert|Comments Off on Behind the Breeder

K-State Wheat Varieties are Top Performers

Kansas Wheat Alliance (KWA) offers several K-State wheat varieties that can perform in any environment, for any type of producer. Great disease packages, drought resistance, acid soil tolerance and high yields are various aspects delivered in KWA varieties. Even with many tribulations during the 2018 growing season due to drought and other weather conditions, KWA [...]

By |September 6th, 2018|News Alert|Comments Off on K-State Wheat Varieties are Top Performers

Novel Wheat Genetic Improvements Grown in our Backyard

This is the second installment of our Wild Genetics, Domestic Improvements series. For more installments, please visit http://kswheatalliance.org/news-alert/wild-genetics-domestic-improvements/.    MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Rocky Ford Experiment Station in Manhattan, Kan., grows novel genetic materials for wheat improvement year after year for farmers, wheat breeders, researchers and others in the wheat industry. The goal of the station [...]

By |August 17th, 2018|News Alert|Comments Off on Novel Wheat Genetic Improvements Grown in our Backyard

Wild Genetics, Domestic Improvements

In the months leading up to harvest, many producers, seed dealers and researchers within the wheat industry add one or two plot tours to their busy schedules. There are typically more than 100 plot tours open to the public across the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Colorado. Although plot tour season has ended, [...]

By |August 6th, 2018|News Alert|Comments Off on Wild Genetics, Domestic Improvements

Plan now to avert wheat stem rust threat

If you've attended a K-State Research and Extension wheat plot tour in the last few years, you might remember the K-State Specialist mentioning the dangers of stem rust and the increasing use of susceptible varieties. Although the disease has been well controlled lately, stem rust is a potential threat every year. The 2018 Kansas [...]

By |August 1st, 2018|News Alert|Comments Off on Plan now to avert wheat stem rust threat