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Syngenta's AgriPro aims for hybrid wheat by 2020

Bill Spiegel 03/11/2013 @ 2:14pm I grew up in north-central Kansas, and am the Fourth Generation to maintain and manage our farm; we grow wheat, soybeans and grain sorghum. I'm a 1993 graduate of Kansas State University in ag communications.

Syngenta's AgriPro unit is three years into its hybrid wheat project at the company's Hard Red Winter wheat unit near Manhattan, Kansas.

Syngenta is going all-in on wheat hybrids; the company built state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities at the Manhattan location to support the hybrid program. The goal: to have hybrid wheat selections available to wheat farmers by the end of the decade.

AgriPro's hybrid wheat experts Dustin Ridder and Randy Rich agree that hybrid wheat can offer yield stability for wheat farmers; in particular, a chance to improve wheat yields in fields with variable soil types and qualities.

Syngenta believes that technology used to successfully launch hybrid barley in Europe will help it find ways to deliver hybrid wheat economically and efficiently in the U.S.

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