Hard Red Spring Wheat

Chet, a tall hard red spring wheat from Washington State University, is our best variety option for low-rainfall areas of eastern Washington and Oregon.

Chet has very good adult plant stripe rust resistance, Hessian fly resistance, excellent test weight, very good aluminum tolerance, tall plant height with good straw strength, and very good-to-excellent yield potential across low rainfall areas of the PNW. Chet should replace Hollis and Kelse acres in low rainfall areas due to superior yield, test weight, protein content, and stripe rust resistance.


  • Yield Potential is Very Good–Excellent
  • Test Weight is Excellent
  • Protein is Excellent
  • Maturity is Medium–Later
  • Height is Tall
  • Quality is Most Desirable
  • Straw Strength is Very Good

Disease Resistance

1Early season application of fungicides should be considered to limit seedling infection.

Bred to Dominate the Field

Two-Year Variety Testing Data from 2015-2016

Variety<12″ Yield (BU/A)12″-16″ Yield (BU/A)Test Weight (LBS/BU)Protein (%)Hessian Fly*
LCS Iron255560.014.3S
SY Coho245158.914.9S
SY Selway245060.815.2R
SY Steelhead244859.715.8S
SY605 CL233860.816.1S
LCS Buck Pronto214259.816.1S
LSD (0.05)130.30.2

<12″ Precip (Bickleton, Horse Heaven, Lind) 2015-2016, 5 loc/years

12″-16″ (Almira, Endicott, Lamont, Reardan) 2015-2016, 3 loc/years

*Hessian fly ratings from the University of Idaho. R = Resistant, S = Susceptible.


Foundation seed of Chet is maintained by the Washington State Crop Improvement Association. For variety inquires, contact Washington Genetics or by phone at 509-659-4020. U.S. Plant Variety Protection status for this cultivar is approved.

View WSU Variety Chet in pdf format (pdf).

Dryland Wheat Areas <14″ Annual Precipitation

Annual precipitation for dryland wheat areas with less than 14 inches.

Support for the development of this variety was provided by Washington State University, the USDA, and the Washington Grain Commission. For more information, visit smallgrains.wsu.edu.