BASF Crop Protection recently made donations to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Wheat Research Group and the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) to help fund wheat research and promote localized advancement of wheat traits and varieties. Winter wheat is one of the major field crops grown in Nebraska, along with corn and soybean.
BASF markets the Clearfield Production System. Clearfield wheat growers are required to sign a stewardship agreement that outlines responsible use of the Clearfield Production System. An important part of stewardship is the use of certified seed each season.
The donated funds came from a settlement agreement where a wheat grower admitted to a violation of the Clearfield Wheat Grower Stewardship Agreement by saving seed across multiple growing seasons. BASF worked with the grower to identify a mutually agreeable solution that allows the farmer to grow Clearfield wheat in the future, along with the payment of a monetary settlement.
"The donation to the Colorado State University breeding program will help us develop new certified seed varieties that provide real value for Colorado wheat growers," said Darrell Hanavan, Executive Director of the CWRF. "We have seen the yield benefits of using the Clearfield Production System for wheat, and look forward to continued improvement of the system." CWRF takes ownership of CSU-developed varieties and commercializes them.
Donating the settlement to the University of Nebraska and Colorado State University was a natural fit for BASF, given its dedication to wheat research in more than 15 states. Both institutions have developed combinations of locally-adapted germination with the Clearfield Production System to enhance yields throughout the states over several years.
"UNL strives to bring new and improved wheat varieties to the market," said Jeff Noel, Director of the UNL Husker Genetics Seed Foundation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "BASF Clearfield technology has offered tremendous benefits to Nebraska producers and we recognize the importance of proper stewardship practices necessary for technological preservation."