At a Glance

GA001138-8E36, Brand Name AGS 2038, is a high grain yielding, medium-late maturing soft red winter wheat with good test weight. The plant has medium-tall height with moderate straw strength. Juvenile plant growth is semi-erect. It has good milling and baking quality.

GA001138-8E36 is resistant to races of leaf and stripe rust in the Southeast and resistant in the field to current biotypes of Hessian fly in Georgia. It is also resistant to soil-borne mosaic virus. GA001138-8E36 has a moderate resistance to glume blotch. 


GA001138-8E36, a cross between GA 961581 and PIO26R61, was developed by Drs. Jerry Johnson, G. David Buntin and James Buck at the University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga. GA001138-8E36 is a wheat variety that is protected under the Plant Variety Protection Act, which means it can only be sold by individuals licensed by the University of Georgia Research Foundation (UGARF) and Georgia Seed Development (GSD). Sold by AgSouth Genetics.


Dr. Jerry Johnson

Dr. Jerry Johnson

Dr. Jerry W. Johnson is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia in the Department of Crop and Soil Science where he has been leading the successful small grain breeding program and educating UGA graduate students since 1977.

Born in Perry, Ga., Dr. Johnson was raised on a family farm growing peanuts, cotton, corn, and swine. Prior to his appointment at UGA, Dr. Johnson was the small grain breeder at the University of Maryland. 

His research focuses on the development of small grain cultivars and germplasm with superior productivity, disease and insect resistance, and milling and baking quality. He has released or co-released more than 33 small grain cultivars. The program identifies, incorporates and evaluates potential cultivars for their agronomic suitability and capacity to resist economically important pests such as leaf rust, powdery mildew, and Hessian fly. This research also emphasizes the identification and utilization of marker-assisted selection of genes resistant to important diseases and insects.

Dr. Johnson, named a Fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America, is the recipient of numerous state and national awards, including the Georgia Crop Improvement Association Superior Service Award (1993), Georgia Superintendent Friend of Education Award, American Society of Agronomy Career Research Award - Southern Branch (2000), University of Georgia Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award (2003), and Georgia Seedsmen Association Outstanding Service Award (2009).

Dr. Johnson graduated from Purdue University with a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics. He earned a B.S. degree in Agronomy from the University of Georgia and an associate degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.


  • University of Georgia
  • The Department of Crop and Soil Science