Winter Wheat Varieties for the Nebraska Panhandle

Winter Wheat Varieties for the Nebraska Panhandle

Sept. 5, 2015

It is time to plant winter wheat for 2015 crop season. Which variety to plant? Farmers may have their own choice of variety which gives the best yield on his or her farm. The same variety may not perform at the same level in a farm in the neighboring county. Therefore, each year the UNL Extension develops research-based information of high yielding varieties suitable for production throughout the Nebraska Panhandle.

Tables 1-2 list winter wheat varieties recommended for planting in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Table 1. Winter wheat varieties for planting in 2014 in the Nebraska Panhandle under rainfed production conditions
Brand Variety Name 3-yr average
yield (bu/a)
PlainsGold Byrd 49
PlainsGold Denali 48
PlainsGold Hatcher 48
Limagrain Cereal Seeds LCS Mint* 48
Husker Genetics Robidoux 47
Husker Genetics Goodstreak** 47
PlainsGold Brawl CL Plus 46
WestBred Winterhawk 45
Husker Genetics Freeman* 45
Husker Genetics Overland 45
Husker Genetics Panhandle* 45
*New variety for 2014
** Long coleoptile variety
Table 2. Winter wheat varieties for planting in 2014 in Nebraska Panhandle under irrigated production conditions
Brand Variety Name 3-yr average
yield (bu/ac)
WestBred WB-Cedar 110
Syngenta AgriPro SY-Wolf 106
PlainsGold Denali 106
PlainsGold Brawl CL Plus 106
PlainsGold Byrd 105
Husker Genetics Anton (White) 103
Husker Genetics Wesley 102
Husker Genetics T158* 101
*New variety for 2014

How was the list of recommended varieties developed?

Every year UNL Extension tests winter wheat varieties from public (e.g., UNL, CSU) and private (WestBred, Limagrain) wheat breeding programs for seed yield, test weight, and general adaptability throughout the Panhandle District under both rainfed and irrigated production conditions. In 2014, 46 varieties were tested at five rainfed sites and 38 varieties were tested at one site (Hemingford in Box Butte County) under irrigation. The five rainfed sites were:

  • near Chappell in Deuel County,
  • near the High Plains Ag. Lab (near Sidney) in Cheyenne County,
  • near Hemingford in Box Butte County,
  • near Chadron in Dawes County, and
  • in Goshen County, Wyo., near Lyman, Nebr.

Yield data from these five sites were used to calculate 2014 average yields for the Panhandle District. We calculated average yields of the common varieties tested in the last three years (2012-2014). This three-year average data was used to develop the list of varieties for the Panhandle. The list of irrigated varieties was developed similarly, using the last three years of data. We recommend these varieties for high grain yield production potential throughout the Nebraska Panhandle. These varieties also have better end use quality and better disease and insect packages compared to the older varieties.

Seed sources for these varieties are listed on the Panhandle Recommended Varieties web page in the CropWatch Wheat section. Click on individual variety names for more information on the variety and local seed dealers.

For more information on these varieties contact Dipak Santra, the Alternative Crops Breeding Specialist at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff (; office: 308-632-1244 and cell: 970-397-9817).

Dipak Santra, Alternative Crops Breeding Specialist, Panhandle REC, Scottsbluff
Teshome Regassa, UNL Crop Variety Testing Coordinator, Lincoln


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