Ask a producer how he likes to pay royalties on seed and he will probably have a few choice words for you as he escorts you off his property.
Private companies have charged a royalty for their seed products for many years, but over the last five years many public wheat-breeding programs began collecting royalties for their seed.
John Goodknight, a certified seed grower from Chattanooga, Okla., said Oklahoma State University began collecting royalties on wheat varieties about five years ago. Now all of the new wheat varieties have royalties.
"Royalties are an evolution of the cost of developing seeds outpacing the revenue coming into the universities," Goodknight said. "With that disparity the only way to fill the gap was royalties."