Winter Wheat Varieties with an Eastern Nebraska Fit
Winter wheat planting is upon us in eastern Nebraska as soybean harvest progresses. According to the latest comprehensive USDA-NASS data (2016), growers in eastern Nebraska planted nearly 82,000 acres. Most growers have already selected varieties they are going to plant this season. However, there are some newer varieties to watch this coming growing season in company and university trials that are targeted for eastern Nebraska.
Newer Varieties with Improved Fusarium Head Blight Resistance
Zenda – released in 2016 by the Kansas Wheat Alliance and tested from 2016-2018 in the eastern Nebraska UNL variety trials. Zenda is a medium-maturing medium-height variety with great standability and test weight. It has ranked fourth for yield across locations over the past three years. Kansas Wheat Alliance placement is east central and southeast Nebraska. Zenda Tech Sheet
WB4269 – released in 2017 by WestBred and tested in 2017 and 2018 in the eastern Nebraska UNL trials. WB4269 is an early-maturing short-statured variety with great standability. It ranked third for yield across locations over the past two years. Company placement is all of eastern Nebraska. WB4269 Tech Sheet
AM Eastwood – released in 2017 by AgriMaxx and tested last year in the eastern Nebraska UNL variety trials. AM Eastwood is an early-maturing short-statured variety with company placement across eastern Nebraska. AM Eastwood Tech Sheet
SY Benefit – released in 2018 by AgriPro and tested this past year in the eastern Nebraska UNL variety trials. SY Benefit is an early-maturing medium-height variety with the best Fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance in the AgriPro lineup. Company placement is all of eastern Nebraska.
WB4699 – released this year by WestBred and to be tested in the eastern Nebraska UNL variety trials this season. WB4699 is a medium-maturing short-statured variety with company placement across eastern Nebraska. WB4699 Tech Sheet
Other new varieties (moderately susceptible to FHB) released in 2017 and 2018 with seed company placement for eastern Nebraska include Siege from NuPride, LCS Link, WB4418, and WB4595.
New Table to Help with Winter Wheat Variety Selection in Eastern Nebraska
Company representatives (WestBred, AgriPro, Limagrain Cereal Seeds, AgriMaxx) were contacted or company placement tools (Kansas Wheat Alliance and Dyna-Gro) were utilized to create a list of hard red winter wheat varieties recommended for placement in the eastern Nebraska growing region. Variety trait rankings were created from numerous sources, including UNL variety trial data in Nebraska and publications by the University of Nebraska, Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University, Colorado State University, and seed companies. There are footnotes below the table explaining the use of various data sources for the ratings. These ratings may change as additional data becomes available.
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References including the Table References
- Nebraska Extension 2018 Fall Seed Guide
- UNL Winter Wheat Variety Trial Results
- North Dakota Hard Winter Wheat Variety Trial Results for 2018 and Selection Guide
- South Dakota Winter Wheat Variety Trial Results
- Wheat Variety Database from Colorado State University
- Kansas Wheat Variety Diseases and Insect Ratings 2018
- 2017 Stripe Rust Ratings from Eastern Nebraska Wheat Variety Trials
- Bread-Baking Quality of Kansas Hard Winter Wheat Varieties - 2017
- Wheat and Flour Quality of Varieties Tested in 2016 OSU Wheat Variety Performance Tests
- 2017 Kansas Market Wheat Shows Mill-Bake Score Sheet
- Limagrain Cereal Seeds
- Kansas Wheat Alliance