Optimal economic uses:

Grain Only

Pedigree: Overley Sib, Everest,

Variety Protection Status:

Year of release: 2017

Developer: Kansas State University Research Foundation

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

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


This Kansas Wheat Alliance release is bred from an Overley sibling and Everest/experimentals variety. Zenda can be viewed as an Everest replacement but it is 2-3 days later than Everest.

     Zenda’s stripe rust resistance has resulted in higher average yields and greater yield stability compared to Everest, and has better end-use quality characteristics.

     Zenda is a medium-early, medium height variety that has moderate resistance to stem, stripe, and leaf rust. It also has good acid soil tolerance and is resistant to soilborne mosaic virus. It will have similar resistance to Fusarium head blight, or scab, like Everest.

     Zenda will appear taller in the field than Everest and has very good yield potential for the central corridor and eastward. It is moderately susceptible to drought which affected its 2018 performance.


  • Among the best of varieties regarding tolerance to scab—in step with Everest. In our scale system, an “Intermediate” FHB rating is what other systems might call “Moderately Resistant.”
    • Tolerant of acid soils.


  • Moderately susceptible to wheat streak mosaic virus

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