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WSU Wheat Breeding Programs

Part II. WSU Wheat Breeding Programs

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Growers’ satisfaction with WSU’s winter and spring wheat breeding programs.

Pie Charts showing growers' satisfaction with WSU's winter and spring wheat breeding programs

Growers’ perceptions of how much priority WSU’s wheat breeding programs should give to the following wheat characteristics.
High Priority
(%)
Medium Priority
(%)
Low Priority
(%)
Wheat requiring less nitrogen for given yield and protein content 68.3 30.0 1.7
Wheat with greater genetic diversity for pest and disease control 65.5 31.3 3.2
Specialized wheat for market segments 55.3 36.5 8.3
Herbicide tolerant wheat 45.5 44.0 10.5
Wheat suited for marginal production areas 37.7 35.6 26.7
Wheat with non-food uses (industrial, energy) 30.2 43.3 26.5
Perennial wheat 29.0 41.2 29.2
Growers’ interest in working directly with WSU scientists in participatory wheat breeding programs within the next 1 – 3 years.

Pie Chart showing growers' interest in participatory researchParticipatory Wheat Breeding uses both breeder and farmer expertise to develop varieties particularly suited to a specific set of environmental challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growers’ familiarity with WSU’s effort to breed perennial wheat.
Very familiar
(%)
Somewhat Familiar
(%)
Somewhat unfamiliar
(%)
Not
familiar
(%)
Familiarity with WSU’s perennial wheat breeding effort 6.2 41.0 23.2 29.6
Growers’ interest in planting perennial wheat with the following characteristics.
Very
interested
(%)
Somewhat
interested
(%)
Somewhat
uninterested
(%)
Very
uninterested
(%)
Mixes well with annual wheat, using the same equipment 52.3 33.2 8.6 5.9
Meets minimum yield requirement 48.8 35.4 8.6 7.2
Grows well in highly erodible areas 48.3 35.0 9.6 7.1
Works well under specific conservation programs or regulations 35.8 45.7 11.7 6.7
Suited for currently unproductive parts of fields 35.5 33.9 20.3 10.4
Percentage of growers who planted private and public wheat varieties during 2003 – 2005.
2003
(%)
2004
(%)
2005
(%)
Private wheat varieties 40.4 43.8 44.2
Public wheat varieties 94.0 94.8 94.8
Percentage of growers who saved private and public wheat varieties during 2003 – 2005.
2003
(%)
2004
(%)
2005
(%)
Private wheat varieties 9.4 8.8 7.8
Public wheat varieties 24.7 25.6 24.9
Growers’ frequency of planting wheat seed saved from their own fields.
Every
year
(%)
Every
other year
(%)
Sometimes
but less than
every other year
(%)
Not
at all
(%)
Frequency of planting saved wheat seed 20.0 5.1 13.4 61.5
Growers’ perception of the importance of various factors when deciding whether or not to save their wheat seed.
Extremely
important
(%)
Mostly
important
(%)
Slightly
important
(%)
Not
important
(%)
Knowledge necessary to ensure quality 42.4 29.8 12.9 14.9
Extra storage capability 30.8 30.6 18.7 19.8
Time/management 30.3 36.0 17.4 16.3
Availability of necessary machinery 28.9 33.9 18.2 19.1
Percentage of growers who save seed for crops other than wheat.
Yes
(%)
No
(%)
Save seed for crops (other than wheat) 19.7* 80.3
*Seeds saved include barley, oats, lentils, peas, triticale and garbanzos

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