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Malawi's Banda bans maize exports as shortage worsens

Malawi's Banda bans maize exports as shortage worsens | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Malawi President Joyce Banda has ordered the sealing of the country's borders, particularly with Tanzania, to curb rampant smuggling of maize.

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US: Drought-tolerant corn advances beginning to show

US: Drought-tolerant corn advances beginning to show | MAIZE | Scoop.it

AMARILLO – There’s nothing like a couple years of drought to help determine the advances being made in drought-tolerant corn. And Dr. Qingwu Xue, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist, says there are some significant differences starting to show up.

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Ghana develops eight new maize and soybean varieties for consumption

Ghana develops eight new maize and soybean varieties for consumption | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Five new maize genotypes and three new soybean genotypes have been released onto the Ghanaian agricultural sector for cultivation and consumption.

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China quarantines Argentine corn because of unapproved genetically modified strains

China quarantines Argentine corn because of unapproved genetically modified strains | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Chinese authorities quarantined two containers holding corn from Argentina, after detecting genetically modified strains that had not been approved beforehand, alleged the Chinese buyer.
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Kenyan farmers turn to new weapons again 'Osama'

Kenyan farmers turn to new weapons again 'Osama' | MAIZE | Scoop.it
EMBU, Kenya (AlertNet) – The most important post-harvest pest in Kenya’s dryland areas is the larger grain borer, locally known as ‘Osama’ in testament to its aggressive destructiveness.
Farmers say it flourishes in high temperatures – a particular problem as climate change brings warming conditions in many parts of the country.
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Uganda: Maize Revives Northern Uganda

Uganda: Maize Revives Northern Uganda | MAIZE | Scoop.it
At the height of the LRA insurgency in Northern Uganda a decade ago, many people in the region were displaced, with some moving to the neighbouring Kiryandongo district. Faced with a grim future, those who remained behind sought to turn around their lives; they engaged in farming. "Previously, farmers here used not to grow maize on a commercial basis; it was grown with other crops for consumption at the subsistence level," says Charles Onenchan, a maize dealer at Cere Lendu in Gulu municipality.
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Zambia: Raises Kwacha 1.9 Trillion From Maize Exports

Zambia: Raises Kwacha 1.9 Trillion From Maize Exports | MAIZE | Scoop.it
ZAMBIA has realised K1.9 trillion from maize exports as of September this year, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Emmanuel Chenda has told Parliament.
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Poor wheat crop in Argentina, which is expected to limit exports

Poor wheat crop in Argentina, which is expected to limit exports | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Argentina is expected to trim the quantity of 2012/2013 wheat destined for overseas shipment to 4.5 million tons from a previous 6 million due to a smaller than forecast harvest, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.
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Zambia: Maize shortages - FRA’s failure

Zambia: Maize shortages - FRA’s failure | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Judging by the just-ended mealie meal and maize bran shortages in a country that recorded a maize bumper harvest during the last farming season, it can be said that the frustration most affected Zambian citizens feel is a direct result of FRA’s failure across the country.
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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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Global Corn Demand Spurs Historic Shift in China

Global Corn Demand Spurs Historic Shift in China | MAIZE | Scoop.it
USGC says U.S. corn producers are poised to take advantage of China's growing corn needs
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Ghana introduces drought tolerant maize to boost food security

Ghana introduces drought tolerant maize to boost food security | MAIZE | Scoop.it

To Aba Antobam, a subsistence Farmer, maize is her life blood. The crop is her main source of income to cater for every need of her family.
However buying improved maize seed such as hybrid varieties is a huge gamble for Aba since the rainy season could be erratic leading to unforeseen loss of income and capital.

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Infestation Threatens Zambia’s Maize Crop

Infestation Threatens Zambia’s Maize Crop | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Farmers plead for resources to combat army worms invading Zambia’s central, southern and eastern provinces
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Kenya: Board Stops Maize Purchase, Prices Drop

Kenya: Board Stops Maize Purchase, Prices Drop | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has stopped buying maize from farmers due to lack of money causing the market prices of the commodity to drop drastically from sh 3,000 to Sh 2,300 in parts of Rift Valley.
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China corn production boosts 2012/2013 output

China corn production boosts 2012/2013 output | MAIZE | Scoop.it
World coarse grain supplies for 2012/2013 are projected to reach 1,283.6 million tons, up 7.0 million tons this month, mostly due to a record corn crop reported for China, whose production exceeds last year’s record by 8 percent.
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US: Quantifying corn rootworm damage

US: Quantifying corn rootworm damage | MAIZE | Scoop.it
URBANA – Every year farmers spend a lot of money trying to control corn rootworm larvae, which are a significant threat to maize production in the United States and, more recently, in Europe.
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Wheat May Take Over From Corn as Grain Market Driver, FAO Says

Wheat May Take Over From Corn as Grain Market Driver, FAO Says | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Wheat may take over from corn as the driver of grain prices next year because of potential production setbacks, said Abdolreza Abbassian, an economist at the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization.
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U.S.: Corn rootworm resistance to Bt seen in Iowa and Illinois

U.S.: Corn rootworm resistance to Bt seen in Iowa and Illinois | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Wayne Bailey, University of Missouri Extension specialist in plant sciences, urges Missouri corn producers to keep an eye out for indications of corn rootworm, caused by continuous planting of Bt hybrid corn on cropland.
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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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