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India: On and off goes maize in Punjab

India: On and off goes maize in Punjab | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The most preferred crop one season and out of favour the next, maize will alternate between extremes in Punjab’s selective policymaking. The diversifying state gives maize the largest area shifting away from paddy, around 35 per cent of 12 lakh hectares, which would take the total area under the crop from 1.29 lakh hectares until 2012 to 5.5 lakh hectares once the diversification is complete.



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Kenya: Ministry increases price of maize by Shs.100

Kenya: Ministry increases price of maize by Shs.100 | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A day after farmers protested the new maize buying price of 2,200 shillings per bag, the ministry of agriculture has increased the price by 100 shillings.
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GMO Bt corn’s underrated ability to reduce mycotoxins benefits health and economy

GMO Bt corn’s underrated ability to reduce mycotoxins benefits health and economy | MAIZE | Scoop.it
One side benefit of Bt corn is its ability to reduce mycotoxin contamination, which could provide health and economic benefits in both wealthier and less
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India: On and off goes maize in Punjab

India: On and off goes maize in Punjab | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The most preferred crop one season and out of favour the next, maize will alternate between extremes in Punjab’s selective policymaking. The diversifying state gives maize the largest area shifting away from paddy, around 35 per cent of 12 lakh hectares, which would take the total area under the crop from 1.29 lakh hectares until 2012 to 5.5 lakh hectares once the diversification is complete. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/1979431/on-and-off-goes-maize-in-punjab/#sthash.ay3S4HLx.dpuf

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Algeria starts maize production to reduce reliance on imports

Algeria starts maize production to reduce reliance on imports | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Reuters- Algeria started its first commercial maize production this year and will soon approve applications from foreign investors to boost output and reduce reliance on imports, the head of the country's farmers' union said.
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Tanzania: Destructive farm weed now under control

Tanzania: Destructive farm weed now under control | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Tanzania will now recover a total of 1.7 million tonnes of cereal crops annually after the arrival of crop saving technology called StrigAway Maize.

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US: Do new drought tolerant hybrids have a niche in the Eastern Corn Belt?

US: Do new drought tolerant hybrids have a niche in the Eastern Corn Belt? | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Drought events are predicted to increase with rising global temperatures and altered rainfall patterns. It is important that agronomists investigate ways to maximize water use to help reduce grain yield losses from drought events. If Ohio corn yields had been reduced 10% in 2013 due to drought, then the economic loss for growers would have exceeded $250 million.
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New Path of Genetic Research: Scientists Uncover 4-Stranded Elements of Maize DNA

New Path of Genetic Research: Scientists Uncover 4-Stranded Elements of Maize DNA | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A team led by Florida State University researchers has identified DNA elements in maize that could affect the expression of hundreds or thousands of genes.
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Farming in the face of climate change? Monsanto has an app for that

Farming in the face of climate change? Monsanto has an app for that | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The GMO giant wants to help you beat climate change … with your phone.
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Pakistan: PARC develops white varieties of maize

Pakistan: PARC develops white varieties of maize | MAIZE | Scoop.it

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has developed white maize varieties. Scientists design pathway to take the maize germplasm to the clients for boost up production of maize in the country on large scale.

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Insect-resistant Maize Could Increase Yields and Decrease Pesticide Use in Mexico

Insect-resistant Maize Could Increase Yields and Decrease Pesticide Use in Mexico | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Although maize was originally domesticated in Mexico, the country's average yield per hectare is 38% below the world's average. In fact, Mexico imports 3...

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Ghana may face maize shortage

Ghana may face maize shortage | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The Ashanti Regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Mr Kwaku Minkah Forjuor, has hinted that the country would face shortage of maize early next year. He attributed the projected shortage to the erratic rainfall that hit the nation during the year as well as deficit in the supply of fertiliser to farmers across the countr

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Kenya harvests first crop of GM maize in ongoing trials

Kenya harvests first crop of GM maize in ongoing trials | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The genetically altered maize variety that led to the ban of genetically modified organisms ( GMO) food imports into the country has been harvested at a research facility in Lower Eastern region.
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Projected 2014 cereal production trimmed back despite record maize and wheat harvests

Projected 2014 cereal production trimmed back despite record maize and wheat harvests | MAIZE | Scoop.it
According to FAO's monthly Cereal Supply and Demand Brief release, the forecast for 2014 world cereal production by about one million tons. At 2.5 billion tons, the full-year production figure would be 3.7 million tons below 2013's record output.
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Vilsack: China to Lift Ban on Syngenta's GMO Corn Trait MIR 162

Vilsack: China to Lift Ban on Syngenta's GMO Corn Trait MIR 162 | MAIZE | Scoop.it
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says Chinese Vice Premier indicates Viptera corn imports have been approved in China - Reuters
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Will drought-tolerant corn hybrids fit in Ohio?

Will drought-tolerant corn hybrids fit in Ohio? | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Ohio producers have begun using drought-tolerant corn hybrids that were developed for use in the Western Corn Belt to manage for drought events, but limited research has been conducted on these hybrids in the Eastern Corn Belt.
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Zambia reconsiders maize exports

Zambia reconsiders maize exports | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Lusaka -  Zambia might shelve its plans to export maize, as a food security measure, following a drought forecast that threatens to have a negative effect on the country’s harvest next season, says agriculture minister, Wilbur Simuusa.
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Syngenta Expects Chinese Approval for Viptera Corn In Near Future

Syngenta Expects Chinese Approval for Viptera Corn In Near Future | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Syngenta AG expects China soon will approve imports of a controversial strain of biotech corn that has sparked lawsuits from grain traders and farmers blaming the seed maker for losses because of shipments rejected by Beijing.
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Kenya Expects Corn Surplus as Yields Grow Amid Disease Outbreak

Kenya Expects Corn Surplus as Yields Grow Amid Disease Outbreak | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Kenya expects to produce a surplus of corn this year even after an outbreak of Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease reduced plantings, Agriculture Permanent Secretary Sicily Kariuki said.
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India's new corn bowl: Bihar's farming success could be copied across country

India's new corn bowl: Bihar's farming success could be copied across country | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The arrival of global traders and the establishment of a market for the crop gave small farmers the confidence to invest in higher-yielding hybrids.
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Study reveals troubling loss in Mexico's maize genetic diversity

Study reveals troubling loss in Mexico's maize genetic diversity | MAIZE | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —The genetic diversity of maize, or corn, is declining in Mexico, where the world's largest food crop originated, report researchers in Mexico and at the University of California, Davis.
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US: Better Corn Productivity Reduces Carbon Dioxide In Summer Months

US: Better Corn Productivity Reduces Carbon Dioxide In Summer Months | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Iowa corn farmers have a lot of clout during the political cycle in America. Former US Vice-President Al Gore even sided with environmentalists and embraced ethanol - which all of science said was a bad idea - and later acknowledged it was just to appeal to Iowa. They help pick presidents and now it turns out that their 2.2 billion bushels of corn are helping to save the planet too.
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Bt-resistant Insects not Likely to Be a Problem for Maize Farmers

Bt-resistant Insects not Likely to Be a Problem for Maize Farmers | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Dominic Reisig, an entomologist at North Carolina State University, received a phone call in 2013 from a farmer who was having trouble with fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda), an insect pest th...
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Bangladesh: Govt fixes record 2.17m tonnes maize production target

Bangladesh: Govt fixes record 2.17m tonnes maize production target | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The government has fixed an all-time record target of producing 2.17 million tons maize from 0.3 million hectares of land during the current 2014-2015 Rabi season in the country, official resources said.

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New Zealand: Best maize search is on

New Zealand: Best maize search is on | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Canterbury growers will have a better picture of the best maize varieties for their soils after performance trials over the next two years.
Maize crops near Lincoln are among four trials running nationally by the Foundation for Arable Research to evaluate varieties in different growing conditions.

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The Global Yield Gap Atlas

The Global Yield Gap Atlas | MAIZE | Scoop.it

GYGA is an international project requiring collaboration among agronomists with knowledge of production systems, soils, and climate governing crop performance in their countries. A standard protocol for assessing Yp, Yw, Yg, and WP will be applied for all crops and countries using a bottom-up approach based on actual data and robust crop simulation models. Detailed maps and associated databases will be displayed and accessible through the GYGA website.
GYGA aspires for global coverage of yield gaps for all major food crops and countries that produce them. The first phase of the project (2012 and 2013) focussed on maize, rice, wheat, sorghum and millet. The crop list has been extended with soybean, sugarcane and barley.

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Food Security's curator insight, November 17, 11:48 PM

I hope that postharvest specialists and policy makers are also involved - it would be interesting to see this yield gap map overlaid with a storage and transport and food waste map