Super Dwarf Wheat Cultivar: "USU-Apogee"

Technical Summary

•  ‘USU-Apogee’ is a dwarf hard red spring wheat cultivar developed at the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and was released in 1996. 

•  USU-Apogee is a shorter, higher yielding alternative to ‘Yecora Rojo’ and Veery-10. It was developed specifically for high yields in controlled environments. It shows significant resistance to both the calcium-induced leaf tip necrosis that occurs in controlled-environments, as well as severe leaf tip chlorosis that occurs in wheat under rapid growth conditions under continuous light. Milling and baking tests indicated that USU-Apogee has similar quality to Veery-10.


Commercial Applications

•  Bread wheat

•  Ideal for growing in controlled environments


Competitive Advantages

•  Increased yield, particularly in high temperature environments

•  Resistant to chlorotic leaf tips caused by calcium deficiency

•  Resistant to calcium-induced leaf tip necrosis and leaf tip chlorosis



•  Bugbee, B., G. Koerner, R. Albrechtsen, W. Dewey, and S. Clawson. 1997. Registration of USU-Apogee Wheat. Crop Science 37:626.

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For Information, Contact:
Christian Iverson
Utah State University
Bruce Bugbee