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Published July 27, 2010, 12:00 AM

NDSU joins winter wheat research initiative

North Dakota State University is part of a new initiative to enhance winter wheat research and education. NDSU’s partnership with the University of Minnesota, Ducks Unlimited and Bayer CropScience was announced Monday.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

North Dakota State University is part of a new initiative to enhance winter wheat research and education.

NDSU’s partnership with the University of Minnesota, Ducks Unlimited and Bayer CropScience was announced Monday.

The “Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action” program will bring at least one new researcher to NDSU and $1 million over the next five years, said D.C. Coston, vice president of Agriculture and University Extension.

Bayer CropScience started the program in 2009 to expand the use of winter wheat as a crop option for producers and nesting habitat for waterfowl.

“It’s really a win-win for everyone involved,” Coston said, adding that producers, the universities and sportsmen will all benefit from the program.

The crop also provides additional benefit for waterfowl habitat by changing the planting season and is an important part of the food supply, said Alan Ayers, director of state affairs and stewardship for Bayer CropScience.

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