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The Impact of the Kansas Wheat Breeding Program on Wheat Yields, 1911–2006


  • Nalley, Lawton Lanier
  • Barkley, Andrew P.
  • Chumley, Forrest G.


This paper quantifies advances of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station (KAES) wheat breeding program for two time periods: (1) 1911 to 2006 and (2) 1977 to 2006. Using multiple regression, increases in yields of wheat varieties grown in Kansas are quantified, holding growing conditions and other improvements in productivity constant. Differences in KAES variety yields and those released by other public and private breeders are quantified. During the ‘‘new age’’ of wheat breeding (1977–2006), wheat breeding alone is found to have increased yields by 6.182 bushels per acre, or an average increase of 0.206 bushels per year.

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  • Nalley, Lawton Lanier & Barkley, Andrew P. & Chumley, Forrest G., 2008. "The Impact of the Kansas Wheat Breeding Program on Wheat Yields, 1911–2006," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 0(Number 3), pages 1-13, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:47267

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    1. Foster, William E. & Babcock, Bruce A., 1993. "Commodity Policy, Price Incentives, and the Growth in Per-Acre Yields," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 25(01), pages 253-265, July.
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    1. Barkley, Andrew P. & Chumley, Forrest G., 2012. "A Doubled Haploid Laboratory for Kansas Wheat Breeding: An Economic Analysis of Biotechnology Adoption," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, vol. 0(Issue 2), pages 1-22, May.

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