South Dakota State University has announced a partnership with Bayer CropScience to improve wheat varieties and improve wheat production.

The licensing agreement allows the German-based Bayer to access a selection of SDSU's spring wheat germplasm. Financial details of the non-exclusive agreement were not disclosed.

In a news release, College of Agricultural and Biological Sciences dean Barry Dunn says the partnership will help SDSU deliver new cereal grain for South Dakota and the region. SDSU varieties typically occupy more than 70 percent of the spring wheat varieties in the state and about 10 percent of the overall spring wheat acres in North Dakota.