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: Trego, Arline, and Jagger (KS11HW39-5-4)

Variety protection status: PVP

Year of release: September 2015

Developer: Kansas State University Research Foundation

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

Acid soil tolerance: Moderately Susceptible
Coleoptile length: Medium short
Drought tolerance: Good
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: Good
Test weight: Very Good
Tillering: Intermediate
Winterhardiness: Good
Overall yield record where adapted: Very Good


This variety from Kansas Wheat Alliance is a hard white wheat with a pedigree consisting of KSU experimental lines related to Trego, Arline, and Jagger. Joe is medium-late maturity, medium-tall, with a well-stocked disease package indicating resistance to stripe rust. leaf rust, and wheat streak mosaic virus. It also shows good milling and baking qualities. Joe is a strong variety and high yielder for western Kansas as a white wheat.

Case in point: this was the variety used to demolish the record in last year’s Kansas Wheat Yield Contest. It tested well again in Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma yielding in the top tier. It carries the WSM2 gene, offering the best resistance to WSMV available. Intermediate pre-harvest sprouting tolerance.


  • Resistant to WSMV
  • Resistance to leaf, stripe, and stem rusts


  • Moderately susceptible to head sprouting, somewhat more-so than Danby
  • Susceptible to acidic soils

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