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K-State Today

February 27, 2015



K-State wheat variety remains No. 1 in Kansas

By Steve Watson

For the third year in a row, K-State's wheat is the leading variety in Kansas. Everest, a variety released by the university in 2009, has maintained its dominant position at 15.8 percent of the total acreage, according to the 2015 "Kansas Wheat Varieties" report from Kansas Agricultural Statistics. The report lists the most widely planted varieties in the state, both overall and for each of the nine crop reporting districts, based on a survey of producers.

Everest was developed by Allan Fritz, K-State Research and Extension wheat breeder in Manhattan. Everest is the top variety in terms of planted acreage in all six of the central and eastern districts, its primary areas of adaptability. It also led the state overall in terms of acreage planted to winter wheat in fall 2014 and 2013.

The high-yielding variety provides producers in central and eastern Kansas with a strong combination of traits.

The wheat variety project by Kansas Agricultural Statistics is funded by the Kansas Wheat Commission. Read the full report.

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