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U. S. wheat farmers get no significant premium for producing higher quality wheat and have to balance quality factors with disease, yield and other production factors when they choose varieties. The United States is one of the high quality wheat producers in the world and that gives us a competitive advantage,” said Allan Fritz, a Kansas State University wheat breeder.
Acceptance an issue
Acceptance remains a key issue, but Fritz said that has changed significantly over the past few years. “Domestically, public acceptance is no longer a serious concern. Resistance in foreign markets is declining but still significant.”
He said current standards call for zero tolerance for GMO wheat in the marketplace. “We must establish a realistic tolerance level before we can release (GMO wheat). Safeguards and regulations will be crucial. And politics has to catch up with science.”
For wheat to be competitive with other crops, he said, breeders must take advance of available technology.