Hard Red Winter Wheat Variety
“KanMark” is named for Mark A. Carleton, an early plant explorer who introduced the materials that led to the foundation of the U.S. durum wheat industry and brought new winter hardy landraces of wheat to Kansas. He is credited with developing “Kanred,” the first improved hard red winter wheat released by Kansas State University.
Optimal economic uses:
Primary: Grain only
Secondary: Grain plus limited grazing
Pedigree: CIMMYT spring wheat, WestBred line, Karl 92 derivative
Variety protection status: PVP
Year of release: 2014
Developer: Kansas State University
Barley yellow dwarf: Intermediate
Acid soil tolerance: Moderately susceptible
This newer K-State variety is marketed by Kansas Wheat Alliance. It is targeted primarily for western and central Kansas, especially areas west of Hutchinson and Salina. Its record has been best in western Kansas where it is regarded as a workhorse variety, but has surprised some with high yield.
Last year, it showed more stripe rust susceptibility than it had in previous years, which reduced its yields in K-State tests where stripe rust was not controlled. It is extremely susceptible to scab, and not great on acidic soils. It has shown good winterhardiness, moderate drought tolerance and very good yields under irrigation. It is a very upright wheat, and often looks thin in the field. Although it is a medium-short variety, it held its height reasonably well during the drought conditions of 2014. Excellent straw strength helped its performance through the optimal growing conditions in 2016. It could make a good component in blends.
Special Note: Not well suited for planting after corn.