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 (KS030887K-6)

Variety protection status: PVP

Year of release: 2014

Developer: Kansas State University Research Foundation

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

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


This variety from Kansas Wheat Alliance is targeted primarily for western and central Kansas, especially areas west of Hutchinson and Salina. Its area of best performance has been in western Kansas where it is regarded as a workhorse variety: fairly consistent toward the upper middle of the pack on yield charts but is responsive to good conditions. It can also be grown under irrigation or high management.

    Under heavy stripe rust pressure, it can show susceptibility. It is extremely susceptible to scab and should be avoided on acid soils. It has shown good winterhardiness and moderate drought tolerance. It is a very upright wheat and, therefore, often looks thin in the field, but has held its height well during drought conditions.


  • Very good drought tolerance
  • Consistent performance


  • 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.

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