Zenda
Map of Zenda
Zenda


Named for the Kingman county small town in south central Kansas, this variety is well adapted over a wide area as suggested by its pedigree.


K-State Research and Extension developed this hard red variety as an excellent choice for wheat acres planted after corn in central and eastern Kansas, as well as a comparable replacement for Everest. Zenda performed extremely well in the 2016 K-State trials in this area.


Zenda is a medium-height, medium-early variety that has a moderate resistance to stripe and stem rust and intermediate to leaf rust. It also has good acid soil tolerance and is resistant to soil borne mosaic virus. It will have a similar resistance to Fusarium head blight, or scab, as Everest and its barley yellow dwarf will be second only to Everest.


  • Evolved from the top performing Everest variety
  • Good stripe rust resistance with improved grain quality
  • Excels in environments of Central and Eastern Kansas

BACKGROUND

Pedigree: Overley Sib, Everest, experimentals

Variety Protection Status: Applied for

Year of release: 2016

Developer: Kansas State University


STRENGTHS

Moderate resistance to scab

Moderate resistance to leaf, stem, and stripe rust

Good acid soil tolerance


WEAKNESSES

Moderately susceptible to wheat streak mosaic virus

CHARACTERISTICS

Barley yellow dwarf: Intermediate

Hessian fly: Susceptible

Leaf rust: Moderately resistant

Stem rust: Moderately resistant

Stripe rust: Moderately resistant

Powdery mildew: Intermediate

Scab: Intermediate

Septoria leaf blotch: Intermediate

Soilborne mosaic: Resistant

Tan spot: Intermediate

Wheat streak mosaic: Intermediate

Acid soil tolerance: Tolerant

Coleoptile length: Medium

Drought tolerance: Fair

Early spring greenup: Average

Fall ground cover capability: Good

Grazing potential in fall: Good

Height: Medium

Maturity (heading date): Medium-early

Protein: Average

Quality-Baking: Acceptable

Quality-Milling: Acceptable

Seed size: Average

Shattering reputation: Excellent

Straw strength: Good

Test weight: Excellent

Tillering: Above average

Winterhardiness: Excellent

Overall yield record where adapted: Very good

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