Wheat varieties

List of some of the commercially popular wheat varieties available at KALRO Njoro

 

Commercial name

Altitude (masl)

Yield potential

Maturity period

Special attributes

Eagle10

1800 – 2100 e.g. Njoro, Rongai, Lower Narok

6.5

100-110

·         Resistant to stem rust

·         Early Maturing

·         Good industrial and home baking

Kenya Korongo

2100-2400

8.5

120-130

·         White hard grain

·         Very high flour conversion

·         Excellent baking and confectionery qualities

Kenya Kingbird

1800-2400

6.0

90-110

·         High resistance to both stem and yellow rusts

·         Early maturing

·         Good for industrial and home baking

Njoro BW 2

2100-2400

8.0

140-160

·         High yielding red hard wheat

·         Tolerant to acid soils, lodging and preharvest sprouting

·         Excellent baking qualities

Kenya Tai

1800-2100

6.5

100-110

·         Moderately resistant to stem rust

·         Red hard grain

·         Heavy biomass hence an excellent source of straw for livestock feed

Figure: A luxurious seed crop of variety Njoro BwII