Optimal economic uses:
Pedigree: Overley Sib, Everest,
Variety Protection Status:
Year of release: 2017
Developer: Kansas State University Research Foundation
Barley yellow dwarf: Intermediate
Acid soil tolerance: Tolerant
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.