T158 discussion missed in wheat plot tour story
By Kylene Scott
In the story “Wheat tour discusses varieties, drought” that appeared in the June 9 issue of High Plains Journal, page 8B, discussion about the variety T158 was inadvertently left out of the story.
Jim Shroyer, Kansas State University Extension specialist, crop production, said T158 had good powdery mildew and stripe rust tolerance but tended to be a little weak on leaf rust and tan spot. It is supposed to have some wheat streak mosaic tolerance.
“I don’t think it quite has as good as drought tolerance as those three I mentioned earlier (TAM 111, TAM 113 and Winterhawk),” Shroyer said. “At any rate, I have it listed in there as a variety that I like for western Kansas.”
For maturity it is a medium/medium early maturity variety and should do well in the western part of the state.
“So that’s kind of one of my picks, and it’s done well. I do like the variety,” Shroyer said. “You’re not going to see your cousins in the central part of the state because of its susceptibility to some other problems they have over there. But here I kind of like it.”
T158 also has a very high yield potential and a high test weight in both dryland and irrigated farming systems. It is shatter resistant, tillers well, and has large seeds on its many small heads. This variety conserves water and energy for spring by not having much fall erect growth and has short leaves.
T158 is rated as having good soilborne mosaic resistance and intermediate barley yellow dwarf resistance; is moderately susceptible to septoria and tan spot, is moderately susceptible to head scab; is tolerant toward Hessian fly; and is susceptible to stem rust, but by the time stem rust comes medium-early variety T158 has already finished filling the head.
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