Updated Jun 10, 2019

Early planting of long-duration wheat varieties for resilience and yield optimization

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Early planting of long-duration wheat to increase yield potential and resilience


Timothy j. Krupnik

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Insights are being shared with public and private sector seed companies to influence seed production priorities and associated marketing campaigns, in order to promote longer-duration wheat varieties.

Focus Areas:

Agriculture and Evidence & Impact

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Implemented In:

India, Nepal and Bangladesh

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Yield potential constraints created by late planting and inappropriate varieties



Facilitating earlier planting and increasing availability of long-duration wheat varieties

Target Beneficiaries

All wheat farmers in South Asia

Innovation Description

CSISA has conducted controlled-trial and on-farm diagnostic research to document the role of longer-duration wheat varieties coupled with timely planting on yield and resilience. These practices can increase yield potential by 50% and are 'no regrets' management options that consistently perform better than the alternatives, thereby boosting performance without compromising reliability.
New Implemented CountriesMyanmar

The Team Behind the Innovation

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and implemented by a team of scientists and change-makers with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Operating across South Asia, CSISA works to increase the adoption of resource-conserving and climate-resilient technologies and improves farmers’ access to markets and enterprise development.



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