Bayer CropScience has a long-term innovation program to enhance global wheat production. The company initiated a wheat seeds business in 2010 in collaborations with wheat research institutions and acquisitions in the seed business.

“We have a 10-year plan to invest 1.5 billion euros ($1.9 billion) in the research and development of new solutions for wheat through to 2020—encompassing both high-yielding seeds and new crop protection solutions to advance global wheat cultivation,” said Liam Condon, chief executive officer at Bayer CropScience. “Seven wheat breeding stations across the crop’s main growing areas around the world are now operating, and the first seeds are currently being sold in Eastern Europe. Hybrid seed varieties with improved yield are expected to be ready for market after 2020—an example for the long-term nature of our business.”

Steve Patterson, global crop manager cereals, Bayer CropScience, was the leader for the Cereal Future Forum 2015 held in Brussels, Belgium, during mid-February. He spoke to the approximate 230 attendees from 30 countries. He talked about the focus of Bayer CropScience in the wheat business, especially the genetics and breeding approach. He provided comments to Rich Keller during the forum.