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Zambia: Seedco meets Govt's target

THE Seedco Group Zambia has completed production of 2,100 tonnes of treated maize seed which is part of the Government’s Farmers Input Support Program (FISP) for this year.
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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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Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops

Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Corn, watermelon, and peaches were unrecognizable 8,000 years ago.
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Kenya: New maize variety gives hope to Embu farmers

Kenya: New maize variety gives hope to Embu farmers | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Geoffrey Maina Kamande only wanted to grow some food crop for his family. However, his small farm has now become a demonstration site on the new drought-tolerant maize variety to many farmers at Kivue in Embu county.
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Genetically-modified technology no magic wand for Vietnam’s agriculture

Genetically-modified technology no magic wand for Vietnam’s agriculture | MAIZE | Scoop.it

 VietNamNet Bridge – Scientists warn that genetically modified (GM) technology is not the “magic wand” that many people assume will increase crop yield and save domestic agricultural production.

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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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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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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

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Genetic modification can produce biofortified corn rich in provitamin A

Genetic modification can produce biofortified corn rich in provitamin A | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A set of genes that can be used to naturally boost the provitamin A content of corn kernels, a finding that could help combat vitamin A deficiency in developing countries. Purdue professor of agronomy Torbert Rocheford and fellow researchers found gene
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Monsanto launches Mexico center for developing improved corn seeds

Monsanto launches Mexico center for developing improved corn seeds | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Global seed technology giant Monsanto said on Monday it has launched a global center in Mexico for developing conventional hybrid strains of corn, part of the company's push to boost output of the planet's most widely produced grain.
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South Africa leaves bumper 2014 maize forecast unchanged

South Africa leaves bumper 2014 maize forecast unchanged | MAIZE | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa left its 2014 maize output forecast unchanged on Tuesday as good weather helped produce a bumper crop that should contain food prices and give a lift to sluggish growth in Africa's most advanced economy.
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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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