KanMark


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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Characteristics

Barley yellow dwarf: Intermediate
Hessian fly: Susceptible
Leaf rust: 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: 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: Very Good

Comments

This variety from Kansas Wheat Alliance is targeted primarily for western and central Kansas, especially west of Hutchinson and Salina. Its record has been best in western Kansas where it is regarded as a workhorse variety: fairly consistent toward the upper middle of the pack on yield charts, but has surprised some with high yield. It can 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 acidic soils. It has shown good winterhardiness and moderate drought tolerance. Although it is a very upright wheat, it often looks thin in the field, and has held its height well during droughty conditions.

Strengths:

  • Very good drought tolerance
  • Consistent performance

Weaknesses:

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

Special Note: Not well suited for planting after corn.


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