Search by Crop & Variety: Castella Soft White Winter Wheat
Castella is a tall semi-dwarf soft white winter club wheat with intermediate maturity, club head type, white kernels, and glumes, and is awnless with white straw.
Area of adaptation and primary use of the variety:
Castella is intended to replace ARS-Crescent and Bruehl occupied acres in regions without snowmold in the 12-16 inch rainfall regions south of US Route 2. Yield has been good in the dry rainfall regions, the lack of snow mold resistance will limit adaptability North of Route 2.
Variants and Frequency:
Phenotypic Variant(s): Under high fertility/moisture conditions Castella may exhibit up to 1/10,000 in any combination of tall plants (3-6″ taller), awnless, and awned common heads, and awned club heads.
Seed Variant(s): up to .10% red wheat seeds.
Resistance to diseases and pests:
Cephalosporium Stripe Resistance:
Castella has an intermediate reaction to C. Stripe with a disease index of 67.8, compared to Eltan (46.5) and Pritchett (47.5) and the susceptible check cultivar Stephens (97.8).
Stripe Rust Resistance:
Castella shows excellent seedling and adult plant resistance to Strip Rust.
Foot Rot Resistance:
Castella is not resistant to foot rot based on nursery trials.
Castella has very good tolerance to Aluminum.
Snow Mold Resistance:
Castella is moderately susceptible to snowmold.