Rising temperatures caused by climate change increase the odds that corn and wheat yields will slow even as global demand for the crops for food and fuel increases in the next 10 to 20 years, according to a study published in Environmental Research Letters.
South Africa, the continent’s biggest corn producer, is close to starting its first exports of the yellow variety of the grain to China, according to the biggest organization representing local farmers of the crop.
THE Nigerian National Variety Release Committee (NVRC) has released the first generation of maize hybrids, resistant to Metsulfuron Methyl (MSM) herbicide, and also endowed with resistance to the parasitic weed, Striga Hermonthica.
The delayed monsoon this year is likely to hit the sowing of maize, an important kharif crop, across India.Maize is primarily grown in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra during the kharif season and in Bihar during the rabi
Nigeria's coordinator of CORAF/USAID sponsored initiative to improve maize seeds in five West African countries, Dr. Lucky Omoigui, a plant breeder in the College of Agronomy, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM), speaks on the project in this interview with our correspondent. Excerpts:
Representatives from the MAIZALL alliance – a consortium of corn groups from Brazil, Argentina and the U.S. – are participating in a biotechnology mission to Europe this week with the intention of opening discussion on biotechnology accessibility.
A FEW days ago, NewZimbabwe.com published an article entitled “GMOs remain banned in Zim, Made” in which the Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made told journalists that “production and sale of products containing GMOs remained banned in the country”.
Scientists, agriculture researchers and farmers taking part in the on-farm demonstration plots of the three newly released drought tolerant maize hybrids have described the performance of the new varieties as a breakthrough to drought and common maize diseases.
Johannesburg - South Africa’s stocks of corn fell to the lowest in at least 16 years at the end of the 2014 season after a drought in the continent’s biggest producer of the grain and exports cut into reserves.
Improved technologies being promoted by the Integrated Striga Management for Africa (ISMA) project have shown promise that Striga—a parasitic weed that destroys cereal and legume fields—can be eradicated from Africa.
The March 31 Prospective Plantings report indicated that U.S. farmers intend to plant 91.7 million acres of corn for the 2014/15 marketing year, 4 percent less than was planted for 2013/14. Assuming normal mid-May planting progress and summer weather
The Mexican scientific community has been torn apart by a legal battle over transgenic maize (corn). Almost a year after activists challenged scientists’ right to plant experimental genetically modified (GM) varieties of the crop that is a staple and symbol of Mexico, maize research is still being stymied by a legal stalemate.
Maize is among the few success stories in the recent farm history of India. The cereal is so versatile that it lends itself to multiple uses — food, feed, fuel and ferment. As a cereal, maize is used as ingredient in food preparation; it is feed for poultry and livestock; it is feedstock for biofuel (ethanol); it is used as raw material in distilleries; and for starch production because of its high starch content (60 per cent).
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa raised its maize output forecast for this year by 4 percent on Tuesday, putting the country on track for its biggest harvest in more than three decades. South Africa,
The Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday approved a proposal of the State agriculture department, which shortlisted Monsanto and two other companies to provide high yielding varieties (HYV) of maize seeds to farmers at subsidised rates during the current Kharif season.
The Punjab government today announced for farmers subsidies on high-yielding varieties of maize seeds as part if its efforts to boost crop diversification programme in the state. A Punjab government spokesperson said the state in collaboration with
Ye Xingqing, director of the rural economy department at the State Council Development Research Center, said Beijing still regards GMO as the kind of cutting-edge global technology the country must pursue, at least in research.
CIMMYT, Int.'s insight:
"GMOs might be a way by which a Western conspiracy, led by the U.S., could further undermine China’s security" ... really?