The White Wheat Champion

“Joe” was named after T. Joe Martin, retired wheat breeder at K-State’s Agricultural Research Center in Hays, Kansas.

Optimal economic uses:

Grain only

Pedigree: KS04HW101-3(Jagger and Arlin)/KS04HW119-3(Trego)

Variety protection status: Pending

Year of release: 2015

Developer: Kansas State University

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

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


A new hard white wheat from Kansas Wheat Alliance with an excellent yield record.  Joe has good resistance to both stripe and leaf rust, as well as wheat streak mosaic virus.  Its pre-harvest sprouting is not quite as good as Danby but is average.

Joe is a medium-tall, medium-late variety and will do well in Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado.


  • Excellent yield potential
  • Moderately resistant to wheat streak mosaic virus, stripe rust, and leaf rust
  • Good straw strength


  • Not quite as good of pre-harvest sprouting as Danby
  • Susceptible to soilborne-mosaic virus

Joe Variety Page (PDF)