Hard Red Winter Wheat Variety

Optimal economic uses:

Primary: Grain only; Grain plus limited grazing


Pedigree: Pioneer experimentals, Betty (KS970093-8-9-#1)

Variety protection status: PVP

Year of release: 2009

Developer: Kansas State University Research Foundation

Where to Buy


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

Acid soil tolerance: Tolerant
Coleoptile length: Medium
Drought tolerance: Average
Early spring greenup: Intermediate
Fall ground cover capability: Good
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: Good
Tillering: Intermediate
Winterhardiness: Very Good
Overall Yield record where adapted: Very good


This variety from Kansas Wheat Alliance is the benchmark for tolerance to FHB (an Intermediate rating is as good as it gets for scab tolerance). Everest remains one of the “go-to” varieties for eastern and central Kansas—the most-planted variety in the state for several years. Everest will need to be sprayed for either stripe rust or tan spot if those diseases are a problem. In the absence of those leaf diseases, it has very few other weaknesses where adapted. Everest is not a high-tillering variety. It 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.
Everest seems to tolerate mid-season drought stress well but does not tolerate early-season drought in the fall. 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.
It is more resistant to barley yellow dwarf than most varieties but will become infected under moderate to heavy pressure.


  • Consistent performance
  • Among highest rated tolerance to scab
  • Most resistant to barley yellow dwarf


  • Susceptible to tan spot
  • Less desirable baking quality
  • Susceptible to stripe rust, but responds well to spray

Everest Variety Page