Hard Red Winter Wheat Variety

Optimal economic uses:

Primary: Grain only

Secondary: Grain plus limited grazing


Pedigree: TAM 111, experimental that is half Yumar

Variety protection status: PVP

Year of release: 2011

Developer: Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, CSU

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Barley yellow dwarf: Moderately susceptible
Hessian fly: Moderately resistant
Leaf rust: Moderately susceptible
Stem rust: Moderately resistant
Stripe rust: Moderately susceptible
Powdery mildew: Intermediate
Scab: Susceptible
Septoria leaf blotch: Moderately susceptible
Soilborne mosaic: Moderately susceptible
Tan spot: Moderately susceptible
Wheat streak mosaic: Intermediate

Acid soil tolerance: Moderately Tolerant
Coleoptile length: Long
Drought tolerance: Good
Early spring greenup: Intermediate
Fall ground cover capability: Good
Grazing potential in fall: Average
Height: Medium tall
Maturity (heading date): Medium late
Protein: Average
Quality-Baking: Acceptable
Quality-Milling: Acceptable
Seed size: Large
Shattering reputation: Very good
Straw strength: Very good
Test weight: Very good
Tillering: High
Winterhardiness: Good
Overall yield record where adapted: Very good


This variety was released by Colorado State University and is marketed under the PlainsGold brand in Colorado and in Kansas by Kansas Wheat Alliance.
With TAM 111 in its pedigree, Denali is suited for the High Plains of western Kansas and eastern Colorado. It has excellent test weight and good drought tolerance- but not as good as that of some other varieties. It doesn’t seem to tolerate early spring heat as well as TAM 112. It may be best suited for average to good dry-land fields, not the toughest fields. Denali has a long coleoptile and very good shattering reputation. It is susceptible to wheat streak mosaic, however.
It appears to be photo-period sensitive, meaning its maturity relative to others can vary a bit from year to year.


  • Moderately resistant to stem rust
  • Long coleoptile


  • Susceptible to stripe rust
  • Moderately susceptible to leaf rust
  • Moderately susceptible to wheat streak mosaic virus

Special notes on cultural practices:

Avoid areas where soilborne mosaic could occur
Can be planted a little deeper if necessary

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