Crops Briefs: K-State's Everest is new No. 1 wheat variety in Kansas

2013-03-05T13:40:00Z Crops Briefs: K-State's Everest is new No. 1 wheat variety in Kansas Midwest Producer
March 05, 2013 1:40 pm

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Everest, a variety released by Kansas State University in 2009, has soared into the number one position in Kansas, according to Kansas Agricultural Statistic's 2013 "Wheat Varieties" report. The report lists the most widely planted varieties in the state, both overall and for each of the nine crop reporting districts, based on a survey of producers.

Of the nine districts in Kansas, Everest is now the most widely planted variety in all six of the central and eastern districts, its primary areas of adaptability. It also led the state overall in terms of acreage planted to winter wheat in the fall of 2012.

Everest was developed by Allan Fritz, K-State Research and Extension wheat breeder in Manhattan, who said the high-yielding variety provides producers in central and eastern Kansas with a strong combination of traits.

"It is more resistant to barley yellow dwarf than most varieties, as well as more resistant to Fusarium head scab than most varieties," Fritz said. "These two diseases can be serious problems in central and eastern Kansas, and there are few other varieties on the market with very good resistance to either one of those diseases."

Everest also has Hessian fly and leaf rust resistance, he said.

That unique combination of beneficial traits is the reason the acreage of Everest has increased so rapidly since its release, said Daryl Strouts, president of Kansas Wheat Alliance, the marketing association with first rights to K-State wheat varieties.

Darwin Ediger recognized as KCIA Premier Seed Grower

MANHATTA, Kan. - Darwin Ediger of Meade, Kan., was named 2012 Premier Seed Grower by the Kansas Crop Improvement Association at the 2013 Kansas Seed and Crops Confer-ence Feb. 20 in Manhattan.

To qualify for the award, members must have several years of experience as a certified seed producer, their business must have certified seed as a major component, must exhibit quality consciousness in all production and sales practices, and must be involved in public service activities.

Ediger, a fifth-generation farmer, grew up on the farm southeast of Meade, on land that has been in the family for more than 100 years. During his more than 35 years of farming, he has managed a cow/calf operation and a custom harvest crew, before focusing on the production of certified seed.

Ediger Farms has expanded into a full-scale wheat seed business, complete with cleaners, certified scales and a seed treater and has allowed his son, Tyler, a chance to continue the farming tradition. Ediger has always been determined to provide value to his customers by supplying them with quality seed that they are confident to plant. His commitment to certified seed and the KCIA membership has been displayed by serving on the board of directors, both as an elected member, as well as a Kansas Seed Industry Association representative, and in committee work, including research support.

Ediger and his wife, Roxanna, have three children, six grandsons and the first granddaughter on the way. Ediger indicated that a lot of his success has come from his love of the farm and he embraces the uncertainty and challenges that are part of the business. He views his role as a farmer to be a good steward of the land, so that he will have something to pass down to the next generation.

Since its inception in 1930, 159 Premier Seed Grower awards have been presented. Recipients are selected by ballot with previous honorees casting the votes.

For further information, call Kansas Crop Improvement Association at 785-532-6118, visit, or e-mail

Briefly . . .

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