UI Wheat Team Focusing on Developing New Varieties, Boosting Yields
The University of Idaho research team is leading the charge with over 20,000 individual test plots of winter wheat seeded in northern Idaho field and local greenhouses. These plots will help plant breeders assess present wheat varieties and to develop new ones. In addition, the plots will help researchers and growers better understand the impact of acid soils, and examine calcium carbonate or lime applications to mitigate negative effects, on wheat. In 2012, wheat generated nearly $800 million in receipts for growers, making the University’s agronomic research indispensable.