Wageningen researchers find yields from new crop varieties continue to increase

New varieties continue to yield more than their predecessors, according to research into varieties of winter wheat, spring barley, potatoes grown for starch and sugar beet which have been introduced in the Netherlands by plant breeding companies between 1980 and 2010.

Contrary to recent concerns that important crops in high-yielding regions have reached their production maximum, the research at Wageningen University shows plant breeding can still lead to increases in production.

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