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US: Some crops migrate north with warmer temperatures

US: Some crops migrate north with warmer temperatures | MAIZE | Scoop.it

John Nowatzki's brother left North Dakota in 1965. Two years ago, he came back for a visit. The brothers spent a day driving around the area where their family had farmed cool-season grains like wheat and barley for almost 100 years. Only now the fields were full of warm-season corn and soybeans.

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Cross-bred crops get fit faster

Cross-bred crops get fit faster | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Genetic engineering lags behind conventional breeding in efforts to create drought-resistant maize.
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Maize imports bill bleeds Zimbabwe economy

Maize imports bill bleeds Zimbabwe economy | MAIZE | Scoop.it
DIRECT imports of maize and wheat since 1999 have cost the country $3,3 billion due to shortfalls in domestic production
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South Africa raises 2014 maize output forecast by 2 percent

South Africa raises 2014 maize output forecast by 2 percent | MAIZE | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa raised its 2014 maize output forecast by over 2 percent on Wednesday as good weather helped produce a bumper crop that should contain food prices and give a lift to
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US: Rebuilding corn inventories

US: Rebuilding corn inventories | MAIZE | Scoop.it
With the U.S. corn harvest just around the corner, is it fair to say that the 2014-15 crop is
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Researchers look at small RNA pathways in maize tassels

Researchers look at small RNA pathways in maize tassels | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Delaware and other institutions across the country have been awarded a four-year, $6.5 million National Science Foundation grant to analyze developmental events in maize anthers and tassels, the male reproductive organs that produce pollen.
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Zimbabwe maize production up 46 percent

Zimbabwe maize production up 46 percent | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Bulawayo ‑ Zimbabwe’s 2013/14 season maize yield has increase 46 percent owing to Government Input Support programme and heavy rains received in most parts of the country, the country’s President Robert Mugabe has said.

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India: Punjab approves five maize dryer units

India: Punjab approves five maize dryer units | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The Punjab government has approved the proposed installation of five more maize dryer units, to promote maize as an alternative crop for paddy and to check the depletion and contamination of groundwater.The initiative may encourage farmers to bring more area under maize

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US: Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes

US: Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Studies warn that climate change will threaten corn production in coming decades. Meanwhile, farmers are experimenting with new planting methods in hopes of slowing soil erosion from torrential rains.
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China’s Drought to Shrink Corn Harvest First Time Since 2009

China’s Drought to Shrink Corn Harvest First Time Since 2009 | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Corn output in China may drop for the first time in five years because of drought in the North China Plain, the country’s second-biggest producing region, according to Shanghai JC Intelligence Co.
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Sri Lanka: Maize Cultivation to be expanded

Sri Lanka: Maize Cultivation to be expanded | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The Ministry of Agricultural has decided to cultivate maize on 1,000 acres at the Nikaweratiya - Kobeigane Divisional Secretariat area and farmers are...
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EFSA rejects French move to ban GM crop in Europe

EFSA rejects French move to ban GM crop in Europe | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said French documentation supporting the country's attempt to ban Monsanto's MON810 genetically modified maize in Europe contains no new information or scientific basis to support such a ban.
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Tanzania: New hybrid maize varieties: Where farmers' hopes rest

Tanzania: New hybrid maize varieties: Where farmers' hopes rest | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Plumes of bellowing voices filled Mvomero sky over the weekend as farmers who participated in the on-farm demonstration of the new hybrid maize varieties celebrated following the new harvest that had doubled production.

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Climate Change May Reduce Corn, Wheat Crop Yields

Climate Change May Reduce Corn, Wheat Crop Yields | MAIZE | Scoop.it

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.

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US: Missouri Researchers Find Boron is Key in Corn Development

US: Missouri Researchers Find Boron is Key in Corn Development | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Scientists anticipate that understanding how corn uses the nutrient can help farmers make informed decisions in boron-deficient areas and improve crop yields.
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Zimbabwe: Small holder farmers contribute 80% of maize production

Zimbabwe: Small holder farmers contribute 80% of maize production | MAIZE | Scoop.it
THE smallholder farmer in Zimbabwe has contributed 80% to the country’s maize production for the 2013/2014 season, a government official has said.
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India: Maize Cultivation in Punjab

India: Maize Cultivation in Punjab | MAIZE | Scoop.it

In a bid to break the wheat-paddy cropping cycle and promote crop diversity in Punjab, the state government is trying to encourage the cultivation of maize, which relatively consumes less water. This might help contain the steady decline in the water table in the state and restore the natural resource base, which is being eroded by this cropping pattern.

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India: Monsanto sees opportunities in hybrid corn and vegetable seed market

India: Monsanto sees opportunities in hybrid corn and vegetable seed market | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, sees great opportunities in the hybrid corn and vegetable seed market of India as it looks to help farmers to increase productivity in sustainable ways. ...
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China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn

China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it

China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. The permits, to grow two varieties of GM rice and one transgenic corn strain, expired on 17 August. The reasoning behind the move is not clear, and it has raised questions about the future of related research in China.

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India: Delayed, below-par monsoon to hit corn output, exports

India: Delayed, below-par monsoon to hit corn output, exports | MAIZE | Scoop.it
GOLEGAON India (Reuters) - The late arrival of monsoon rains in India this year has forced Ramesh Shakharam Ghonghe to delay corn sowing by a month on his land in Maharashtra, a hold-up that threatens
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China Is Rejecting GMO Corn with Unapproved Gene

China Is Rejecting GMO Corn with Unapproved Gene | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A rejection of US grain in China has serious consequences here on home turf, as the country is one of the top importers of US corn,.
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US: Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn

US: Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Projections suggest that climate change will hurt agriculture in most parts of the world. But some areas of the U.S. could actually see a benefit as corn production moves farther north.
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Kenya: FAO to train farmers to tackle lethal maize disease

Kenya: FAO to train farmers to tackle lethal maize disease | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday it plans to train more than 6, 000 farmers in Kenya to help tackle the re-emergence of the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) which threatens maize yields across the country.

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Kenya: KARI raises alarm over lethal maize disease

Kenya: KARI raises alarm over lethal maize disease | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The Kenya Agriculture Research Institute (KARI) has raised an alert over re-emergence of the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) in the country.
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When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions | MAIZE | Scoop.it
China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that's not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.
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As India consumes more and more maize, search on for better varieties

As India consumes more and more maize, search on for better varieties | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Scientists are trying to develop heat stress resilient, high-yielding and nutritionally enriched maize varieties to face the challenges of global warming
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