Kansas Wheat Alliance varieties continue to be the leading hard red winter and hard white wheat varieties planted in the state of Kansas. Both developed by Kansas State University, the top hard red winter wheat was Everest and the top hard white wheat was Danby. This is according to the March 2016 “Kansas Wheat Varieties” report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Everest continued to be the leading variety of all wheat seeded in Kansas, accounting for 12.2 percent of the state’s 2016 wheat crop. Everest was the most popular variety in the eastern two thirds of the state.
Hard white varieties accounted for 3.1 percent of the state’s acreage. Danby was, once again, the leading hard white variety, accounting for slightly over 40 percent of the state’s white wheat. The majority of the white wheat was planted in the southwestern portion of the state.
T158 jumped from third to second with 5.8 percent of the State’s acreage, surpassing last year’s runner-up, TAM 111, at 5.7 percent. Winter Hawk jumped two places from last year to come in fourth with 4.7 percent. WB Cedar dropped from fourth to fifth with 4.5 percent. TAM 112 came in sixth with 4.2 percent, whereas Gallagher, a newcomer to the top ten, jumped to seventh with 3.3 percent. LCS Mint more than tripled its 2015 percentage share to come in eighth at 3.2 percent. Denali and Byrd rounded up the top ten with 2.1 and 2.0 percent, respectively, of the 2016 Kansas wheat crop.
Area planted with blended varieties was not included in the rankings by variety. Blends accounted for 10.7 percent of the State’s planted acreage and were used more extensively in the north central, east central and central areas of the State.
Kansas Wheat Commission, which provided funding for the Wheat Variety report, has been a long-time supporter of K-State’s wheat breeding program. The wheat breeding program also receives generous funding for its efforts from Kansas Crop Improvement Association and Kansas Wheat Alliance. There is tremendous producer support in the state and region for K-State’s wheat varieties and breeding program.
The goal of the wheat breeding program is to develop and release new public hard winter varieties through the Kansas Wheat Alliance. Some germplasm lines are also released, in conjunction with the USDA wheat genetics program based on the K-State campus.
Thanks to wheat breeding programs like the one at Kansas State University, producers have ever-improving options of wheat varieties to plant. Whether it’s improved resistance or increased yields, wheat breeders are creating varieties that meet producers’ changing needs.