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Soft White Winter Wheat

Puma (WA8134) is a soft white winter wheat developed and released in 2013 by the Agricultural Research Center of Washington State University. Puma provides a combination of excellent yield potential, test weight, end-use quality, and disease resistance for intermediate to high rainfall dryland winter wheat production areas of the inland Pacific Northwest. Puma is best adapted to regions of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon where Madsen, WB-528, WB-1529, and SY Ovation are currently under production. Puma has a unique disease resistant package for areas where low pH, Cephalosporium stripe, strawbreaker foot rot, and stripe rust are of concern.


Yield Potential is Excellent

Test Weight is High

Grain Protein is Good

Maturity is Average

Height is Medium

Quality is Desirable

Disease Resistance

Stripe Rust is Excellent Adult Resistance

Strawbreaker Foot Rot is Excellent

Cephalosporium Stripe is Moderately Tolerant

Low pH Soils is Moderately Tolerant (Similar to Madsen)

Bred to Dominate the Field

Five-Year Variety Testing Data from 2013–2017


LSD (0.05)









16″-20″ Yield (BU/A) >20″ Yield (BU/A) Test Weight (LBS/BU) Protein (%)
Puma 104 116 59.8 10.7
SY Ovation 105 109 60.1 10.7
Bobtail 107 115 57.5 10.5
Rosalyn 110 120 58.0 10.2
UI-WSU Huffman 100 113 59.6 10.7
WB 528 99 109 61.2 11.9
Legion 100 114 58.7 10.7
Cara* 102 109 58.4 11.0
AR-Crescent* 103 119 59.2 10.5

16″–20″ Precip (Dayton, Mayview, St. John, Walla Walla) 2013–2017, (Reardan) 2013–2015, 23 loc/years

>20″ Precip (Colton, Pullman) 2013–2017, (Farmington) 2013–2016, (Fairfield) 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 18 loc/years


Foundation seed of Puma is maintained by the Washington State Crop Improvement Association. For variety inquiries please contact Washington Genetics or by phone at (509) 659-4020. U.S. Plant Variety Protection status for Puma was issued in 2015.

View WSU Variety Puma in pdf format (pdf).

Intended Production Area

Intended production area for variety Puma in the Pacific Northwest.

Support for the development of this variety was provided by Washington State University, the USDA, and the Washington Grain Commission. For more information please visit WSU Small Grains.

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