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Overley Sib, Everest, experimentals

Variety Protection Status

PVP with Title V

Year of Release



Kansas State University

Optimal Economic Use

Grain only

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Photo: Field of Zenda Wheat.

Variety Highlights

Acid soil tolerance
Top tier tolerance to scab
Easily managed leaf health

This Kansas Wheat Alliance release is bred from an Overley sibling and Everest by some experimental lines. 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 with moderate resistance to stem, stripe, and leaf rust. It 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.

Where to grow

Insect & Disease Tolerance
Agronomic Characteristics
Backed by Farmers

I like Zenda because of its strong disease package, making fungicides optional. It was early maturing with tremendous yields and heavy test weights.

Scott V - Grower, Sumner County KS

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