“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.”
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 ...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.