The 2021 Kansas Performance Tests with Winter Wheat Varieties report is now online. The Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station annually compares both new and currently grown wheat varieties across different regions in Kansas. These performance tests generate unbiased information designed to help Kansas growers chose the best wheat varieties for their cropping system.
In this report, you will find a recap of the 2020-21 wheat crop, with a detailed discussion of weather conditions that resulted in two very distinct wheat crops going into the winter months. The prolonged winter maintained the wheat crop dormant for a relatively long time. Most of the varieties evaluated in Hutchinson by K-State Research and Extension did not reach the first hollow stem stage of development until March 30, which compare to as early as March 6 in years with a warm winter. A recap of insect pressure and diseases is also included. More importantly, the results of the 2021 wheat variety performance tests are also shown.
Producers and crop consultants can use this resource to help select wheat varieties for their operation by checking for varieties that show a consistently good performance in their region. Be sure to keep extenuating environmental conditions in mind when examining test results.
The online version of the 2021 variety performance report is available here: https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/SRP1165.pdf.
Performance test results from previous years are available at http://www.agronomy.k-state.edu/services/crop-performance-tests/winter-wheat/index.html