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

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

Acid soil tolerance: Moderately susceptible
Coleoptile length: Medium
Drought tolerance: Very good
Early spring greenup: Intermediate
Fall ground cover capability: Average
Grazing potential in fall: Average
Height: Medium short
Maturity (heading date): Medium
Protein: Somewhat higher than most
Quality-Baking: Acceptable
Quality-Milling: Exceptional
Seed size: N/A
Shattering reputation: N/A
Straw strength: Excellent
Test weight: Very good
Tillering: Low
Winterhardiness: Very good
Overall yield record where adapted: Not enough data yet


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.


  • Very good drought tolerance
  • Consistent performance
  • Excellent straw strength


  • Moderately susceptible to acid soils
  • Extremely susceptible to scab
  • Intermediate to moderately susceptible to stripe rust

Special Note: Not well suited for planting after corn.

KanMark Variety Page (PDF)