According to a new report from the African Centre for Biosafety, in South Africa, "Monsanto's Bt maize, MON810, has failed hopelessly in South Africa as a result of massive insect resistance, after only 15 years of its introduction into commercial agriculture.
ZIMBABWE is facing a maize deficit of over one million metric tonnes following poor harvests while grain imports from neighbouring Zambia are unlikely to meet the country's requirements, the African Development Bank has said.
In an effort to prevent the damage caused by the lethal disease that has wreaked havoc to maize crops in Kenya and other East African countries, a Sh100 million worth maize facility has been established in Naivasha.
There is a marked shift in the outlook of farmers and the crop pattern they have begun adopting in Cuddalore district.
The decision to shift from certain traditional crops to cash crops seems to have been influenced by three factors: the havoc wrought by cyclone ‘Thane,’ the drought condition that stretched over one-and-half years and profitability.
"I LIKE variety 5. The cob has many rows and the grains have filled the cob well. There are also two cobs on the maize stalk," Esther Liberati, 43-year old farmer from Seloto village in Babati District in Tanzania, explains her number one choice from a set of 10 different types of maize being tested for adaptability to the region.
WATER Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project, through African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), the project's lead institution, has secured a technology of developing drought-tolerant and insect-pest protected maize varieties, royalty free, from American Monsanto. Staff Writer FINNIGAN wa SIMBEYE had an interview with AATF Corporate Communications Officer Grace Wachoro...
Africa has been losing up to 25% of its maize harvest due to pests and insects such as stem borers that damage emerging leaves of young maize.Stem borers are a class of insect pests, made up of a number of moth species distributed around the world, which lay their eggs at night on the underside of emerging leaves of young maize plants.
Johannesburg - South Africa, the continent’s largest corn producer, said it will make its emergency weather warning systems more credible among farmers after drought reduced the country’s white maize harvest
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - After pioneering the cultivation of corn thousands of years ago, Mexico must overcome the weight of history to give the go-ahead to allow genetically modified strains into its fields.Religion,...
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is on course to approve cultivation of a new type of genetically modified maize for the first time in more than a decade, according to a draft proposal from the...
Research from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has elicited an unusual hiccup in breeding for stress tolerance in maize: drought tolerance + heat tolerance does not = drought and heat tolerance. That is to say, the genes responsible for tolerance to the combined stressors of heat and drought are not the same as the genes for tolerance to either of those stressors alone.
So how exactly do you win a tilling competition? We’re at the Prairie Homestead Antique Power and Country Craft Show in Belmond, Iowa, of all places, watching farmers on tractors practicing for the next day’s tillage contest.
“You drive as straight as you can,” David Sieck, of Glenwood, Iowa, tells us. Sieck, a former president and current board member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, has been growing field corn (used for animal feed and ethanol) in Iowa for over 35 years.