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China Industrial Corn Consumption May Slow, Curbing Imports - Businessweek

Industrial use of corn in China, the second-biggest consumer, may grow at the slowest pace in at least five years as the economy cools, curbing the need for imports, said state-affiliated researcher Cngrain.com.
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USA (Cornell University): Faculty members combat crop molds in kids’ diets

USA (Cornell University): Faculty members combat crop molds in kids’ diets | MAIZE | Scoop.it

New studies show that corn and peanuts, common foods in the African diet, often contain harmful mycotoxins produced by molds. Cornell faculty members are working to eliminate these, and other toxins.

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US abandons forecast of soaring China corn imports

US abandons forecast of soaring China corn imports | MAIZE | Scoop.it
US officials abandoned expectations of a sharp increase in Chinese corn imports which have been a mainstay of grain bulls for years, noting strong domestic supplies and competition from other grains.
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Kenya: Good News for Maize Farmers As Striga Weed Kept At Bay

Kenya: Good News for Maize Farmers As Striga Weed Kept At Bay | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Johnstone Onyango was used to buying maize from Uganda due to the low production in his three-acre piece of land.

The 35-year-old maize farmer in Lwanya location, Matayos sub county, Busia county, says he could only get 20 tins of maize after toiling hard only for his crops to be infested by the striga weed.

Onyango, a member of Imbako group, says the situation has however changed, thanks to the StrigaAway maize control technology.
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Burkina Faso launches high-yielding maize varieties promotion project

Burkina Faso launches high-yielding maize varieties promotion project | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Burkina Faso has just launched promotion of a high-yielding maize varieties project, thanks to funding amounting to 1.1 billion CFA francs by the West African Economic and Monetary Union WAEMU), the Burkinabe Ministry for Scientific Research told APA.
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UW botanist harnesses the grid to illuminate crop growth

UW botanist harnesses the grid to illuminate crop growth | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Corn tassels and leaves are backlit by the sun at UW-Madison’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station. Botany Professor Edgar Spalding is using new technology to better quantify the complex process of corn growth.

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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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Hot dry conditions to affect South Africa's maize crop

Hot dry conditions to affect South Africa's maize crop | MAIZE | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A quarter of South Africa's maize crop could be ruined, as extreme heat and dry conditions sweep through its corn-producing regions, industry experts said on Thursday.
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Indian corn farmers pin hopes on local poultry feed demand

Indian corn farmers pin hopes on local poultry feed demand | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Indian corn producers, after scoring virtually no major export deal for months, are counting on local chicken farms to absorb millions of tonnes of the grain as poultry output heads for yet another record year.
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Namibia: Bleak outlook for maize 2015: Total harvest could be less than 35 000 tonnes

Namibia: Bleak outlook for maize 2015: Total harvest could be less than 35 000 tonnes | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Namibian rain-fed producers countrywide have warned of a dismal total maize production of less than 35 000 tonnes this year due to the erratic rainfall since November last year.

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Corn Farming Boosts The Global Carbon Cycle

Corn Farming Boosts The Global Carbon Cycle | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Scientists have noticed a change in the atmosphere. Plants are taking in more carbon dioxide during the growing season and giving off more carbon in the fall and winter. Recent research shows the massive corn crop in the Corn Belt may be contributing to that deeper breath.
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US: Ethanol industry gets its own biotech corn

US: Ethanol industry gets its own biotech corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it

US: Some ethanol makers are cheering a new biotech corn engineered strictly to produce biofuel

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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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