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EU predicts up to 12 percent rise in maize yields by 2022

EU predicts up to 12 percent rise in maize yields by 2022 | MAIZE | Scoop.it
* Low yield gains, land constraints to limit EU wheat output* Area planted to barley set to fall, but yields seen up* Sharp increase expected in maize yields and harvested areaBRUSSELS, Nov 30 (Reuters)...
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American and Chinese seed associations sign MOU

American and Chinese seed associations sign MOU | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Leaders from the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and the China National Seed Association (CNSA) signed a Memo of Understanding this week to promote cooperation relating to innovation in the seed industry, announced ASTA President Andrew...
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US: Drought-tolerant corn roots go deep

US: Drought-tolerant corn roots go deep | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A root comparison study conducted this season at Monsanto’s Gothenburg Water Utilization Learning Center in Gothenburg, Neb., provided a dramatic demonstration of just how important a deep, strong root structure is to help corn plants withstand...
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Bumper crop of corn in Brazil assists US

SAO PAULO – As U.S. cornfields withered under drought conditions last summer, Brazil’s once-empty Cerrado region produced a bumper crop of the grain, helping feed livestock on U.S. farms and ease a drought-related spike in prices.

The U.S. imports of Brazilian corn were small by world standards. But they are rising fast, and they mark just one element of the increasingly complex and sometimes contentious relations between the world’s agricultural superpower and its fast-growing competitor amid shifts in the global economy.

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India: Punjab asks Monsanto to set up R&D centre for maize

India: Punjab asks Monsanto to set up R&D centre for maize | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Putting whole-hearted effort to promote maize as viable alternative to the paddy crop, Punjab Government has invited the US-based Monsanto Company to...
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EU rejects French report linking GM maize to cancer

EU rejects French report linking GM maize to cancer | MAIZE | Scoop.it

BRUSSELS — The EU's food safety agency definitively rejected Wednesday a bombshell French report linking genetically modified corn to cancer, saying it failed to meet "acceptable scientific standards."

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Kenya: MP Threatens Demonstrations Over Poor Maize Prices

Kenya: MP Threatens Demonstrations Over Poor Maize Prices | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Cherangany MP Joshua Kuttuny has threatened to lead fresh demonstrations against the government over poor prices of maize. Kuttuny said the demonstrations on Thursday will comprise famers from Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu.

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In sign of growing clout, Brazil’s corn helps hold up U.S. market

In sign of growing clout, Brazil’s corn helps hold up U.S. market | MAIZE | Scoop.it

SAO PAULO — As U.S. cornfields withered under drought conditions last summer, Brazil’s once-empty Cerrado region produced a bumper crop of the grain, helping feed livestock on U.S. farms and ease a drought-related spike in prices.

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US: Bugs Damaging Monsanto Corn May Do Same to Syngenta Crops

Rootworms, the most costly pest affecting the U.S. Corn Belt, are showing signs of resistance to Syngenta AG’s genetically modified corn just as they do with crops developed by Monsanto Co., researchers said at a conference.

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China’s corn revolution promises great leap forward in yields

China’s corn revolution promises great leap forward in yields | MAIZE | Scoop.it

China’s farmers are using higher-yielding seeds and embracing modern technology in a shift that makes it less likely China will be a long-term major corn importer....

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Syngenta targets to grow more corn in Vietnam

Syngenta targets to grow more corn in Vietnam | MAIZE | Scoop.it

RECENTLY IN HO CHI MINH CITY:
Multinational seeds and crop inputs company Syngenta will focus on corn crop in Vietnam in the backdrop of downward revision in US’ corn output, according to Andrew Guthrie, Regional Director, Syngenta Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

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Kenya: New silo keeps ‘Osama’ off maize

Kenya: New silo keeps ‘Osama’ off maize | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Ms Cecilia Wangui Ndung’u is a happy maize farmer. Of late, her produce has not been going to waste. The notorious storage weevil commonly known as Osama is no longer a threat. The reason – a metal silo invention.

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Tanzania: Govt Sets Record Maize Producer Price

Tanzania: Govt Sets Record Maize Producer Price | MAIZE | Scoop.it

THE government has set a record maize producer price of 500/- per kilogramme for Mbozi and Makambako districts in a bid to ensure that the National Food Reserve warehouses are fully stocked.

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Big blow to biotechnology research if Kenya bans GM foods

Big blow to biotechnology research if Kenya bans GM foods | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Research institutions, Universities and consumers are biggest losers in a new directive by the Government to ban trade and importation of genetically modified foods (GMOs), experts say.
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Brazil's Corn Exports May Surpass Argentina - Farm Futures

Brazil's Corn Exports May Surpass Argentina - Farm Futures | MAIZE | Scoop.it
With the short U.S. soybean crop this year, there's a lot of hoopla in the Brazilian press about this country moving into the number-one soy production spot and passing the U.S. For now, that may be a one-time fluke brought about by a searing drought across the U.S. Corn belt. But there's another Ag milestone Brazil is likely to mark this year as well.
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Mexico postpones approval of large-scale GM corn fields

Mexico postpones approval of large-scale GM corn fields | MAIZE | Scoop.it
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A top Mexican government official said Thursday that the long-awaited but highly controversial approval of genetically modified (GM) corn fields on a commercial scale will drag...
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Tanzania: Maize flour price doubles as govt says No to controls

Tanzania: Maize flour price doubles as govt says No to controls | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Dar es Salaam. Consumers have to dig deeper now into their pockets for maize flour as the price of Tanzania’s staple has gone up by 79 per cent within a month, The Citizen has learnt.

A survey conducted over the past two weeks by The Citizen with focus on cereals at markets and mills in Dar es Salaam reveals that some traders have run out of stock and saying they cannot replenish since farmers sell their produce at very high prices.

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Delayed Argentine corn crop to buoy world food prices

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Flood-hit Argentina will harvest corn later than expected this season, supporting already-high world food prices as consumer nations are forced to rely longer on thin U.S.
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US/South Dakota: Green light to grow purple corn

US/South Dakota: Green light to grow purple corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Lee French thinks South Dakota would be a good place to grow a highly versatile purple corn hybrid and enter a market that could grow “tremendously fast and far.”...
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Environmentalist NGOs: Mexico risks corn damage if GM maize is planted

Environmentalist NGOs: Mexico risks corn damage if GM maize is planted | MAIZE | Scoop.it

MEXICO CITY — Environmentalists are warning that Mexico, the cradle of corn, risks damaging its staple if the government gives US firms the green light to plant genetically-modified maize in huge swaths of land.

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Ukrainian corn to enter China this year|

Ukrainian corn to enter China this year| | MAIZE | Scoop.it

China and Ukraine signed a protocol earlier this month, which will allow Ukrainian corn to enter the Chinese market by the end of the year, Mykola Prysiazhniuk, Ukraine's minister of Agrarian Policy, said on Tuesday.

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Tanzania: Minister Chizza presented new plant varieties Bill 2012 and stated that country is not ready to adopt GMO

The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Christopher Chizza, has presented the New Plant Varieties Bill 2012 in Parliament. The proposed law seeks to attract researchers to work on new seed varieties by introducing royalty and copyrights. He also categorically stated that Tanzania is not ready to adopt Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).


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Fungi Offer Non-GM Way to Enhance Food Crops

Fungi Offer Non-GM Way to Enhance Food Crops | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Johannesburg — As temperatures soar and droughts increase in frequency, scientists around the world are working to create food crops tolerant of extreme temperatures - often an expensive and laborious process. But a cheaper and quicker alternative could be in sight, new research suggests.

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China: Typhoon No Bar to Third Record Chinese Corn Harvest

China: Typhoon No Bar to Third Record Chinese Corn Harvest | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Chinese farmers are reaping a third record corn harvest even after a typhoon wiped out some of the crop, easing demand for imports at a time when the U.S. drought is driving sales from the biggest exporter to a four-decade low.

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Food crisis: The fight for corn

Food crisis: The fight for corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
In an era of food crisis, the fight for corn has intensified, and the importance of this grain—a staple in the Mexican diet and a large part of the world.
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