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
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Grazing potential in fall:
Height: Medium tall
Maturity (heading date): Medium-early
Quality-Baking: Acceptable
Quality-Milling: Acceptable
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Straw strength: Excellent
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This Kansas Wheat Alliance release is an Overley sibling and Everest/experimentals variety meant to replace Everest. Though it has not typically out-yielded Everest, it is available for production this fall, and would do well wherever acres have been dedicated to Everest. 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, as Everest but will be slightly more susceptible to barley yellow dwarf.
Zenda will appear taller in the field than Everest, maturing medium early, and has been expressing good yield potential for the central corridor and eastward.
In 2017, Zenda topped the charts at the KSU South Central Area Extension (Ark City) wheat plot, and did so by a healthy margin.


  • Among the best of varietes 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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