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Expansion of winter wheat usage studied

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BROOKINGS, SD (KWWL) -- South Dakota State University has become the first research partner in an initiative by Ducks Unlimited and the Bayer CropScience company to expand the use of winter wheat in the Prairie Pothole Region.

The region is dotted with wetlands and stretches roughly from northeastern Montana to central Iowa. It is prime breeding country for migratory waterfowl.

Winter wheat is seeded in the fall and minimizes field disturbance in the spring when ducks are nesting. Under the new partnership, plant breeding teams at SDSU will guide the research and development of new winter wheat traits.

SDSU is getting about $732,000 over four years for the project

Online Anchor:  Bob Waters

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