Major Research Areas
More foods are made with wheat than any other cereal grain, and wheat is eaten worldwide. The global population is expected to increase from the current 7.3 billion to 9.7 billion by 2050. Through genetic research, scientists are developing varieties of wheat that are resistant to disease and resilient against changing weather patterns, making it possible for Idaho’s wheat growers to keep up with the growing demand for Idaho’s consistent, high-quality wheat at home and abroad.
Wheat growers face many destructive threats to their crops, including unpredictable weather and disease. Other threats come from pests such as Hessian Fly, wireworm, dwarf bunt, spores, and fungi. Idaho wheat growers invest more than $220,000 in research that will produce varieties of wheat resistant to pests and diseases.
Research developments in production practices have allowed Idaho wheat growers to produce more wheat while using fewer resources, such as land and water. Idaho wheat growers are currently investing nearly $330,000 in research that will continue to make wheat production more efficient while preserving the environmental stewardship and simply grown standard of Idaho wheat’s legacy.
First and foremost, Idaho’s wheat-growing families are providing a healthy, nutritious food product. Idaho wheat is served up on family dinner tables around the world, and Idaho wheat growers care as much about what you feed your families as they care about what they feed their own. For this reason, Idaho wheat growers invest almost $265,000 into research that focuses entirely on wheat quality. Idaho wheat is quality wheat simply grown.
Idaho’s wheat growers invest in the future, and that includes investments in university endowments, mentorship programs, and land and equipment for hands-on learning opportunities for the industry leaders of tomorrow. Some of those investments also include long-term studies of environmental impact, production practices, end use product, and wheat quality.
Institutions Receiving Research Dollars by Percentage
- University of Idaho
- Washington State University
- Oregon State University
- Brigham Young University Idaho
- US Department of Agriculture
- Idaho Wheat Commission