Map of 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


Pedigree: Overley Sib, Everest, experimentals

Variety Protection Status: Applied for

Year of release: 2016

Developer: Kansas State University


Moderate resistance to scab

Moderate resistance to leaf, stem, and stripe rust

Good acid soil tolerance


Moderately susceptible to wheat streak mosaic virus


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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