Hard Red Winter Wheat Variety
Optimal economic uses:
Primary: Grain only; Grain plus limited grazing
Pedigree: Pioneer experimentals, Betty
Variety protection status: PVP
Year of release: 2009
Developer: Kansas State University
Barley yellow dwarf: Most resistant
Acid soil tolerance: Tolerant
This variety from Kansas Wheat Alliance has better resistance or tolerance to scab than any other variety, and that worked in its favor in eastern Kansas in 2015 and 2016. It typically responds positively where stripe rust is controlled.
It remains one of the “go-to” varieties for eastern and central Kansas. Everest will need to be sprayed for either stripe rust or tan spot if those disease are a problem. In the absence of those leaf disease, it ahs very few other weaknesses. Everest is not a high-tillering variety and needs to get established well and tiller in the fall to make top yields. It cannot easily make up for a poor start by tillering a lot in the spring. In some years, however, its lower tillering tendency can help it survive years when stress occurs late. IT will not get too lush when conditions are good early, so it stays within itself when conditions turn hot and dry late in the season. It fills well under stress, and has very good yield potential when managed.
Everest has intermediate resistance to Hessian fly and intermediate tolerance to scab, which remains one of its top redeeming qualities. It is more resistant to barley yellow dwarf that most varieties, but will become infected under moderate to heavy pressure. Everest seems to tolerate mid-season drought stress well, but does not tolerate early-season drought in the fall.