Many farmers are now evaluating the performance of their current varieties and considering new varieties they should grow in the future. Clearly, the yield potential of wheat variety is a top priority, but other traits are also important to consider when selecting a variety.
Wheat Variety Disease and Insect Ratings 2017, from K-State Research and Extension, has now been for this year. Agronomic characteristics and disease resistance information is included, as well as a brief description of some of the more commonly grown and upcoming wheat varieties in the state.
Genetic resistance to diseases and insect pests is usually the most effective, economical, and environmentally sound control method. Resistance ratings represent results of multiple field and greenhouse evaluations by public and private wheat researchers. These ratings can help producers select wheat varieties and minimize potential for serious yield losses.
Electronic versions of the Wheat Variety Disease and Insect Ratings 2017 publication MF991 can be found (and ordered) at: http://www.bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/Item.aspx?catId=299&pubId=1564
Erick De Wolf, Extension Plant Pathology
Romulo Lollato, Wheat and Forages Specialist
Jeff Whitworth, Extension Entomology