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

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Barley yellow dwarf: Most resistant
Hessian Fly: Intermediate
Leaf rust: Moderately resistant
Powdery mildew: Moderately resistant
Scab: Intermediate
Septoria leaf blotch: Intermediate
Soilborne Mosiac: Resistant
Stem Rust: moderately resistant
Stripe Rust: Moderately susceptible
Tan spot: Moderately susceptible
Wheat streak mosaic: Moderately susceptible

Acid soil tolerance: Tolerant
Coleptile length: Medium
Drought tolerance: Good
Early spring greenup: Intermediate
Fall ground cover capability: Average
Grazing potential in the fall: Average
Height: Medium
Maturity (heading date): Early
Protein: Average
Quality Baking: Less desirable
Quality Milling: Exceptional
Seed Size: Large
Shattering Reputation: Good
Straw strength: very good
Test weight: Very good
Tillering: Intermediate
Winterhardiness: Very Good
Overall Yield record where adapted: Very good


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.


  • Consistent performance
  • Intermediate resistance to Hessian fly
  • Most resistant to barley yellow dwarf


  • Susceptible to tan spot
  • Moderately susceptible to stripe rust
  • Less desirable baking quality

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