Three new publications from K-State Research and Extension have been released that each highlight a winter wheat variety developed in Kansas by the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station. These varieties, KS Dallas, KS Western Star, and KS Silverado, were released in 2019 and registered/certified seeds have been available since the fall of 2020.
Each publication discusses the origin and development of the variety, its resistance to pests, area of adaptation, milling/baking characteristics, and agronomic characteristics.
KS Dallas is a hard red winter wheat variety that performed very well under dryland conditions in western Kansas. It has a resistance gene that provides protection against the wheat streak mosaic virus up to about 70°F, which is about 5 degrees warmer than the temperature thresholds that other wheat varieties with the Wsm2 resistance gene offer. Read more about KS Dallas at: https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/L941.pdf
KS Western Star is a hard red winter wheat variety that had competitive yield under dryland production in western Kansas and its adaptability expands well into central Kansas. It offers good milling and baking attributes that producers can capitalize on. Read more about KS Western Star at: https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/L943.pdf
KS Silverado is a hard white winter wheat variety that had very competitive yield in central KS. It also had competitive yield under irrigation in western Kansas. Read more about KS Silverado at: https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/L942.pdf
Guorong Zhang, Wheat Breeder – Agricultural Research Center, Hays
Allan Fritz, Wheat Breeder
Romulo Lollato, Wheat and Forages Extension Specialist
Erick De Wolf, Wheat Pathologist
Jessica Rupp, Plant Pathologist