Hybrid wheat varieties are being developed specifically by the collaborative team behind Bayer’s UK hybrid wheat programme and will be launched in the next six or seven years. Their arrival in 2023/2024 is expected to be accompanied by yield and grain quality improvements over conventional wheat, as well as greater consistency and the opportunity to include added value traits. Once available, hybrid varieties will be part of the mix of genetic and chemical solutions that wheat production needs, as it faces a whole host of global challenges, including climate change, rising demand and competition from other crops, Bayer believes. – Future Farming

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