As the wheat harvest continues across the state many farmers are 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 resistance to diseases and insect pests are also important to consider when selecting a variety. The “Wheat Variety Disease and Insect Ratings” provided by K-State Research and Extension can help growers identify the best varieties for their farms. The publication also provides helpful summaries to help growers better understand the historical risk of diseases in their area and quickly identify the varieties with the best overall disease resistance.
Electronic versions of the Wheat Variety Disease and Insect Rating, 2014 publication (MF991) can be found at: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/pubs/MF991.pdf
Printed copies of the publication should be available in many county Extension offices within a few weeks.
Erick De Wolf, Extension Plant Pathology