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"Corporate Plant Breeding" on Feb. 20 Montana Ag Live

February 15, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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"Corporate Plant Breeding" is the topic on MontanaPBS' Montana Ag Live at 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 20. This is a rebroadcast.

Dale Clark, Monsanto/Westbred plant breeder, will talk about how private companies Westbred and Monsanto breed spring and winter wheat and sell the seeds to seed companies. The seed companies sell to farmers and charge a royalty for the breeding companies, which is used to improve their breeding efforts, according to Clark. Some of the things corporate plant breeders have learned can apply to small grain producers.

Montana Ag Live is a regular call-in program on agriculture and gardening in Montana. Presented by MontanaPBS in association with Montana State University Extension, the program hosts panels of experts to discuss everything from pesticide use, and large-scale agricultural techniques, to backyard gardening questions, and even which mushroom to pick in the woods.

Visit Montana Ag Live on the Web at: http://www.montanapbs.org/MontanaAgLive/

Chris Seifert at 406-994-6217 or chris_seifert@montanapbs.org