RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC and ST. PAUL, MN and BISMARCK, ND -- (Marketwire) -- 03/02/11 -- Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action, a winter wheat research and education initiative, launched in early 2009 by Bayer CropScience and Ducks Unlimited, today announced that Winfield Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of Land O'Lakes, Inc. will join the effort in the United States. Winfield Solutions will feature winter wheat demonstration plots at two of its unique Answer Plot® locations in North Dakota. In June and July of 2010, program leaders announced that South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota had joined the Winter Cereals program as research partners.
The goal of Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action is to promote the expansion of winter cereal acres in the Prairie Pothole Region of North America to support sustainable agricultural productivity and enhance waterfowl and wildlife habitat.
The Prairie Pothole Region covers 300,000 square miles, including western Iowa and Minnesota, the eastern and central Dakotas, and stretching into Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada. The region supports more than 50 percent of North America's migratory waterfowl.
The winter cereals initiative is intended to promote the expansion of winter cereal acres -- an excellent nesting habitat for ducks -- in one of the most critical nesting regions on the continent, while also enhancing agricultural productivity. Program participants note winter wheat production has been gaining acceptance across U.S. and Canadian prairie acres, with new varieties, improved marketing options in Canada and the agronomic advantages provided by the crop making it an attractive choice for growers to include in their crop rotation.
'As we introduce winter wheat demonstration plots in our Answer Plot® program, our goal is to illustrate the potential of winter wheat economically and environmentally,' said Winfield Solutions Vice President of Marketing Mitch Eviston. 'At the same time, as with all our Answer Plot® product data, we will share insight on how producers can maximize both productivity and sustainability on their acreage.'
Winfield Solutions operates more than 150 Answer Plot® locations in 30 states across the country. In 2010, more than 20,000 producers, representing over 12 million crop production acres took part in Answer Plot® information sessions. Eviston estimates that more than 800 producers will take part in Answer Plot® sessions featuring winter wheat that will be part of the Winter Cereals effort.
Geoff Kneen, Vice President for BioScience for Bayer CropScience, said Winfield Solutions will be an important partner in the Winter Cereals program.
'Through its Answer Plot® program, Winfield Solutions provides a very effective vehicle for delivering the winter wheat story to producers,' Kneen said. 'In addition, the program will benefit from Winfield Solutions' well-established relationships with producers, as well as with the credibility they have built through the Answer Plot® technology testing program.'
Blake Vander Vorst, manager of agronomy programs with Ducks Unlimited in Bismarck, N.D., said Winfield Solutions participation will bring new exposure to the program.
'Ultimately, those winter wheat demonstration acres will help us grow understanding, support and participation in the Winter Cereals program,' Vander Vorst said. 'Seeing actual results, and being able to make first-hand comparisons, will help convince additional growers to add winter wheat into their crop rotations. What we want to show is that winter wheat makes sense from a production agriculture point of view -- as well as from a waterfowl habitat perspective. Adding Winfield Solutions as a partner will help us do that.'
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About Ducks Unlimited
With more than one million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, with more than 12 million acres conserved in North America. The United States alone has lost more than half its original wetlands -- and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres important to waterfowl each year. In Canada, up to 70 percent of wetlands have disappeared in settled areas and wetland loss continues at an alarming rate. Additional information about Ducks Unlimited is available at www.ducks.org.
About Winfield Solutions
With more than 90 years of agriculture experience, Winfield Solutions, LLC, a Land O'Lakes company, offers superior expertise and quality AgriSolutions and CROPLAN GENETICS® products. Winfield Solutions partners with retailers and farmers to keep them ahead in today's ever-changing agriculture. Through our products and services, we link farmers to the latest technologies though highly trained, local experts and valuable agronomic insights, enabling the most profitable acre. For more information about Winfield Solutions and its latest product innovations and technologies, visit www.winfieldsolutionsllc.com.
About Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action
With a shared vision of sustaining cereals agriculture, Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action is a unique collaboration among growers, universities, a conservation group and agricultural crop inputs suppliers. It embraces ongoing improvement of agricultural productivity through research and development in the Northern Plains, while improving the habitat important to North America's waterfowl and other wildlife. Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Act is a program of Ducks Unlimited, Bayer CropScience, Winfield Solutions and land grant universities sin the Prairies Pothole region.
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