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Farmers visit Toluca field station

On Friday 19 September, 115 farmers from Sombrete, Zacatecas, Ocampo, and Guanajuato visited CIMMYT’s Toluca field station in Mexico. They came to see wheat, maize, oat, bean, canola, sunflower, and alfalfa harvests done under conservation agriculture. Yann Manes, CIMMYT wheat breeder, also spoke to farmers in the field about wheat crosses for selecting resistant plants. He placed special emphasis on droughttolerant plants, as many of the farmers were from dry areas. Karim Ammar, CIMMYT wheat breeder, (right in the photo), presented his work on triticale and showed farmers a soon-to-be released line. He also highlighted the excellent potential of this crop for fodder.