Anecdotal evidence has long suggested many wheat producers would like biotech traits in their arsenal, and national wheat organizations support biotech commercialization. But what do local growers really want? More than three-quarters of wheat growers responding to a recent National Association of Wheat Growers survey approved a petition supporting the commercialization of biotechnology in wheat.
This large number of approvals may be just what private technology providers need to be assured of ground-level support for their efforts before undertaking the decade-long, multimillion-dollar path toward commercialization of a trait.
To date, the survey has enjoyed a 32% response rate, with approval rates similar across states and farm sizes.