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K-State Today

February 24, 2014

K-State wheat variety again leads Kansas in planted acreage

Submitted by Steve Watson

For the second year in a row, a K-State wheat is the leading variety in Kansas. Everest, a variety released by the university in 2009, has maintained its dominant position at 14.3 percent of the total acreage, according to Kansas Agricultural Statistic's 2014 "Wheat Varieties" report. 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 leads the pack 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 the fall of 2013.

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