KS Western Star

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KS Western Star

Hard Red Winter Wheat

Optimal economic uses:

Grain only

Pedigree: Byrd/KS05HW121-2.

Variety protection status: Pending

Year of release: September 2019

Developer: Kansas State University


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

Acid soil tolerance: N/A
Coleoptile length: Medium
Drought tolerance: Very Good
Early spring greenup: N/A
Fall ground cover capability: N/A
Grazing potential in fall: N/A
Height: Medium
Maturity (heading date): Medium
Protein: Average
Quality-Baking: Good
Quality-Milling: Good
Seed size: N/A
Shattering reputation: Good
Straw strength: Strong
Test weight: Very Good
Tillering: N/A
Winterhardiness: N/A
Overall yield record where adapted: N/A


    This new release variety from Kansas Wheat Alliance is a hard red winter wheat with a pedigree of Byrd and KS05HW121-2. KS Western Star is a medium maturity and medium-tall statured variety. It had greater yields than any hard red wheat varieties in the KIN tests in 2017 and 2018, including Tatanka, WB-Grainfield, SY Monument, T158, Langin, and Larry. On average over the two years, it yielded more than any common check varieties, including Joe.

    KS Western Star has resistances to stripe rust, leaf rust and soilborne mosaic virus.

    It has very good straw strength and grain shattering resistance along with good milling and baking qualities.


  • Very good drought tolerance

  • High yield potential

  • Resistance to Wheat Curl Mite and Triticum Mosaic


  • Susceptible to WSMV

  • Susceptible to Hessian Fly

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