Wheat and barley growers across North America have been waiting for advancements in breeding techniques to make the crop types more competitive with corn, soybeans, and canola.

At the recent Montana Grain Growers Association convention in Great Falls, Shaun talked to Dr. Hikmet Budak about a new advancement in plant breeding that really excited the crowd at the convention. The use of CRISPR-Cas9 has many people very excited about the future of wheat and barley in Montana. In fact, growers across North America should be excited.

Diseases like fusarium and rust and weather impacts such as drought are annual concerns in the cereal growing regions of the world. Breeding techniques like CRISPR-Cas9 create the potential for a bright future for the cereal crops.

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