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 State University

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

Acid soil tolerance: Moderately Tolerant
Coleoptile length: Medium long
Drought tolerance: Very 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: Good
Test weight: Very good
Tillering: High
Winterhardiness: Average
Overall yield record where adapted: Very good


This variety was released by Colorado State University and is marketed by CWRF in Colorado under the PlainsGold brand and in Kansas by Kansas Wheat Alliance.  Its pedigree is half TAM 111.  Denali is well suited for western Kansas and eastern Colorado and survived the fall and winter well in most cases in the 2014/15 season.  Overall, it did well in variety trials where it was sprayed with a fungicide to control stripe rust.  In trials not sprayed with fungicide, it did not do as well.

It has 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 dryland fields, not the toughest.  Denali has a very good shattering reputation and a long coleoptile.  It is susceptible to wheat streak mosaic and moderately susceptible to stripe rust.

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
  • Moderately resistant to hessian fly


  • Moderately susceptible to stripe and 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

Denali Variety Page (PDF)