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US: Ethanol Futures Gain Most in Three Months as Corn Prices Climb - Businessweek

Ethanol gained the most in three months as corn prices surged the most in more than a year.
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Iowa State University research: G-quadruplexes in corn genome may control stress response

Iowa State University research: G-quadruplexes in corn genome may control stress response | MAIZE | Scoop.it
AMES, Iowa – A research team including Iowa State University and United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) personnel has identified genetic structures in corn that may shed light on how crops respond to floods and other environmental stresses.
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China state corn stocks seen soaring: industry

China state corn stocks seen soaring: industry | MAIZE | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's state corn stockpiles are expected to climb by a record volume this year, as Beijing's efforts to boost demand with a tax rebate for corn starch exports struggle to stimulate
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US: Farmers test drought-tolerant corn hybrids

US: Farmers test drought-tolerant corn hybrids | MAIZE | Scoop.it
“Although this was my first year planting drought-tolerant corn, it is a thing of the future,” says Mark Meyer, Nehawka, Neb. “As stewards of the land, farmers need to think long term about how we use water. Drought tolerance and water optimization, hopefully, will allow us to produce the same amount or more grain with less water.”
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Mapping the maize genome

Mapping the maize genome | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Positional cloning is a genetic mapping technique used to pinpoint the location of specific traits of interest, such as disease-causing genes or mutations, within the genome. Very simply, this map-based technique involves crossing mutant individuals with wild-type individuals and examining the offspring ...
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EU's harvest of genetically-modified corn falls

EU's harvest of genetically-modified corn falls | MAIZE | Scoop.it

European Union production of genetically modified corn fell last year, even as output of conventional maize soared to a record high – but there is no sign of imports of biotech products slackening off.

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NRGene’s Big Data Technology to Enable Maize Genome Analysis

NRGene’s Big Data Technology to Enable Maize Genome Analysis | MAIZE | Scoop.it
NRGene, a leader in agricultural big data genomic analysis, and The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) are collaborating to generate the denovo genome assemblies of 20 tropical, subtropical, and highland maize genomes as part of CIMMYT’s collaborative Seeds of Discovery project (SeeD).
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Ancient maize followed two paths into the Southwest

Ancient maize followed two paths into the Southwest | MAIZE | Scoop.it
After it was first domesticated from the wild teosinte grass insouthern Mexico, maize, or corn, took both a high road and a coastallow road as it moved into what is now the U.S. Southwest, reports aninternational research team that includes a UC Davis plant scientistand maize expert.
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US: Corn export potential to Cuba is huge

US: Corn export potential to Cuba is huge | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Coarse grains exports could increase dramatically if United States-Cuba diplomatic relations are fully normalized, with the island nation having the potential to become the 12th largest market for U.S. corn if trade is truly open. 
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Nigeria: Youth Maize Farmers Rue Absence of Modern Harvesting Machines

Nigeria: Youth Maize Farmers Rue Absence of Modern Harvesting Machines | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Ilorin — Youth farmers at the Youth Farm settlement, Oke-Oyi, Kwara State, have decried seasonal food wastages, saying it is caused by the inability to access modern post-harvest equipment to timely process crops.
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India: Adopt Hybrid Tech to Improve Productivity in Agriculture

India: Adopt Hybrid Tech to Improve Productivity in Agriculture | MAIZE | Scoop.it
INDIA - Former scientist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and winner of World Food Prize, Surinder Kumar Vasal has said that there is a need for advancement of hybrid technology for improving agricultural productivity so as to meet increasing demand for food grains globally.
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Rwanda: How Modern Farming Has Boosted Maize Production in Musanze

Rwanda: How Modern Farming Has Boosted Maize Production in Musanze | MAIZE | Scoop.it
When Celestin Munyambabazi and a few other farmers decided, six years ago, to shift from traditional to modern farming, they were not quite sure of how they would fair.
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China approves modified corn import

China approves modified corn import | MAIZE | Scoop.it
China's lifting of a ban on imports of a genetically modified strain of corn and corn byproduct is welcome news for the world's major growers of corn, from the United States to Brazil and Argentina, but trade to China will still be muted by domestic surpluses, according to analysts.
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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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Ghana: MOFA recommends new maize varieties

Ghana: MOFA recommends new maize varieties | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has recommended two new hybrid maize seeds suitable for improved yields and productivity.
It said the Abontem and Omankwa, varieties of seeds have high disease resistance, and favourable for all weather patterns.

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World corn yield record set at 503 bushels per acre

World corn yield record  set at 503 bushels per acre | MAIZE | Scoop.it
First-generation farmer Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Georgia, has now set the world record for corn yield with an average of 503 bushels per acre using DEKALB corn seed genetics. Dowdy achieved the record as part of the 2014 National Corn Growers Association’s 50th annual National Corn Yield Contest.
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Kenya's maize farmers turn to warehouse system as planting season nears

Kenya's maize farmers turn to warehouse system as planting season nears | MAIZE | Scoop.it
After failing to sell all their maize to the government and with prices of the produce remaining low, Kenya's grain farmers now bank on the warehouse system.
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Africa Economy: Kenyan maize farmers lose earnings due to cheap imports

Africa Economy: Kenyan maize farmers lose earnings due to cheap imports | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Maize imports from neighboring countries into Kenya through cross-border trade remain high despite bumper harvest and drop in prices in the East African nation.
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India: Sell maize immediately on harvest: TNAU's advice to farmers

India: Sell maize immediately on harvest: TNAU's advice to farmers | MAIZE | Scoop.it
TNAU said maize grains with moisture content of less than 12 per cent, damage free, mature and impurity free are considered to be of good quality.
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Monsanto's Corn Research & Development Pipeline 2015

Monsanto's Corn Research & Development  Pipeline 2015 | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Farmers face all sorts of production challenges from weeds, bugs and diseases. The combination of challenges is a reason why Monsanto has more than a dozen projects in our corn R&D pipeline dedicated to protecting a farmer’s corn yield.
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Sri Lanka: Boost for Maize cultivation

Sri Lanka: Boost for Maize cultivation | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The Government has taken steps to boost Maize cultivation in order to increase the production of Maize to fulfill the higher requirement of Maize. Maize is the most important coarse grain, for which around 30,000 ha of land area devoted annually, the second highest extent of land next to rice, the Department of Agriculture revealed.
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Biofortified maize ‘could control vitamin A deficiency’

Biofortified maize ‘could control vitamin A deficiency’ | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that biofortified maize is as effective as the gold standard for tackling vitamin A deficiency.
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Ghana: Aflatoxin in Maize - Challenges and Efforts to Curb It

Ghana: Aflatoxin in Maize - Challenges and Efforts to Curb It | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Aflatoxins are toxic metabolites produced by certain fungi in/on foods and feeds. They have been associated with various diseases, such as aflatoxicosis, in livestock, domestic animals and humans throughout the world. The occurrence of aflatoxins is influenced by certain environmental factors; hence the extent of contamination will vary with geographic location, agricultural and agronomic practices, among others.
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High risks, few rewards for Mexico with Monsanto's maize

High risks, few rewards for Mexico with Monsanto's maize | MAIZE | Scoop.it

I'd come to Mexico to investigate the ongoing controversy over the proposed introduction of genetically modified (GM) maize into the birthplace of this important global food crop. The issue was hot, because last October a Mexican judge had issued an injunction halting all experimental and commercial planting of GM maize, a process that was well underway in six northern states. The ruling cited the need for precaution to ensure that Mexico's rich diversity of maize varieties were protected from inadvertent "gene flow" from GM maize.

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US: NCGA Announces 2014 Corn Yield Contest Winners

US: NCGA Announces 2014 Corn Yield Contest Winners | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The National Corn Growers Association on Friday announced the names of 18 winners in six production categories for its 50th National Corn Yield Contest.
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US: Corn harvest quality report show good quality for record crop

US: Corn harvest quality report show good quality for record crop | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The overall quality of the United States’ 2014 corn crop was good, with 88 percent of samples rating at grade No. 2 or better, according to the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) 2014/2015 Corn Harvest Quality Report.
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