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Agriculture & Agronomy - April 14, 2017

(Marius B/

Q: The Number 1 wheat planted in Kansas for the fifth consecutive year is a variety developed by Kansas State University. What's the name of this variety? Here's a hint: this variety is so top-shelf, it shares a name with a famous mountain!

A: Everest  
The results are in: The No. 1 wheat planted in Kansas for the fifth consecutive year is Everest, a variety developed by Kansas State University. According to Kansas State University, a total of 9.6 percent of the state’s 2017 wheat crop was planted with Everest seed. The variety, T158 was the second most popular and Winterhawk was third. The results were announced March 1 in a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service report. Everest was the most popular variety in the eastern two-thirds of the state. It typically yields well and is more resistant to insects and disease.
Allan Fritz, the K-State wheat breeder who developed Everest, says the variety was named for the northeast Kansas community in Brown County of the same name. The name was chosen as an indication the variety is well adapted to eastern Kansas.  
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