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Argentina Meets About Extra Corn Export Quota, Group Says

Officials in Argentina, the world’s second-largest exporter of corn, will consider increasing export
quotas at a meeting of government officials and agricultural producers today, an industry group said.

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China imports Ukrainian corn for 1st time | Economy | chinadaily.com.cn

China, the world's largest corn consumer, has recently started grain imports from Ukraine, with the first shipment of 50,000 metric tons of Ukrainian corn and wheat already on its way to the nation.
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Poland to impose ban on growing GM maize

Warsaw. Poland will impose a complete ban on growing the MON810 genetically modified strain of maize made by US company Monsanto on its territory, Agriculture minister Marek Sawicki said.

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Tanzania: New maize varieties prove helpful

Arusha. The Selian Agricultural Research Institute (Sari) in Arusha has developed drought resistant maize varieties which can help sustain cultivation of the crop in drought-prone parts of the country.

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Kenya: Farmers’ agony as disease ruins maize crop

Kenya: Farmers’ agony as disease ruins maize crop | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Mr Joseph Koech of Ilmotiook village in Narok South wonders what to do as he stares at his maize crop on his farm.
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Monsanto Raises Forecast as Profit Tops Estimates on Corn

Monsanto Co. (MON), the world’s largest
seed company, raised its full-year earnings forecast and reported second-quarter profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates as U.S. farmers bought more genetically modified corn.

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IGC sees record maize crop in 2012/13, stocks up

LONDON (Reuters) - The global maize crop is forecast at a record 900 million metric tons in 2012/13 and will outstrip demand for the first time since the 2008/09 season, the International Grains Council...
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Drought hits South African maize output | Reuters

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa on Tuesday cut its maize output forecast for the 2011/12 season by 3 percent, exactly in line with market expectations, after late-season drought weighed on yields.
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Popcorn has some health benefits - Chicago Sun-Times

A new study finds that popcorn is rich in polyphenols — anti-oxidants that prevent damage to cells and also might have disease-fighting properties — but other experts warn not to go crazy eating popcorn, especially if you eat drenched in butter and...
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Argentina: Syngenta Receives Approval for Quadruple Stack Corn in Argentina

Official approval for Syngenta's MIR604 corn rootworm trait and for its Bt11 x MIR162 x GA21x MIR 604 stacked corn -- Superior control of above and below-the-ground insects -- Fully integrated corn offer to spur further growth.

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China May Have 20 Million Ton Corn Deficit by 2020, Center Says

Corn demand in China, the second- biggest consumer, may outstrip domestic production by as much as 20 million metric tons by 2020, boosting imports, a government policy researcher said.
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South Africa May Produce 11.35 Million Tons of Corn, Survey Says

South Africa, the biggest corn producer on the continent, may lower its forecast for the crop to 11.35 million metric tons when the Crop Estimates Committee announces its projection on March 27.

 

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Zimbabwe writes off a third of maize crop, deficit looms | News by Country | Reuters

HARARE, March 19 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe faces a huge grain deficit this year after a third of the current maize crop was written off due to a prolonged dry spell, state media reported on Monday.

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China May Become Top Corn Importer by 2014, Displacing Japan

China may displace Japan as the world’s largest corn importer as early as 2014, as demand for meat and feed grains expands along with its middle class, the U.S. Grains Council said.
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Uganda to market first GM crop in 2014  - News |theeastafrican.co.ke

Uganda to market first GM crop in 2014  - News |theeastafrican.co.ke | MAIZE | Scoop.it
East Africa has been slow in adoption of cultivation and consumption of genetically modified crops...
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China farmers to plant largest ever corn acreage in 2012

China farmers to plant largest ever corn acreage in 2012 | MAIZE | Scoop.it

BEIJING - Chinese farmers are set to expand corn acreage more than 2 per cent t his year to reach its largest spread ever, despite a growth rate flat with last year, as record domestic prices and grain subsidies by Beijing cut into soy acreages.

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Argentina says corn crop slammed by drought

By Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES, April 13 (Reuters) - Argentina's corn crop hasbeen walloped by the drought that hit the Pampas grains belt atthe height of the Southern Hemisphere summer, the governmentsaid...
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Mexico’s Corn Festivals – a Haven from Transgenic Crops - IPS ipsnews.net

Mexico’s Corn Festivals – a Haven from Transgenic Crops - IPS ipsnews.net | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Catalina Salvador, an 87-year-old peasant farmer who grows pumpkins, beans, and above all corn on her small plot of land, was one of the opponents of transgenic crops who took part in the traditional corn festival in San Juan Ixtenco in the central...
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Australia: Corny conversations prove plants 'talk' • The Register

Setting aside any jokes about Prince Charles and talking to plants, an Australian scientist has turned up evidence that plants can use sound for rudeimentary communication.

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China buys US corn, total near 4 mln T this season

* U.S. confirms corn sale to China, largest since Feb* Corn also sold to unknown, believed to be China* U.S.
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South Africa Reduces Corn-Crop Forecast by 3.4%

South Africa, the biggest corn producer on the continent, reduced its forecast for production of the grain this year by 3.4 percent because of a lack of rain in growing regions, according to the Crop Estimates Committee.
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South Africa exports to Mexico to produce maize deficit | Reuters

JOHANNESBURG/HAMBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has committed an additional 400,000 tonnes of maize exports to drought-stricken Mexico, a scenario that will likely push Africa's largest corn producer into...
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Problems in China's Corn Seed Industry

Statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture show that China has more than 8,700 seed companies. Only about 200 have registered capital of more than 30 million yuan, and just 100 have the capability to undertake research.

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US: Insect Experts Issue 'Urgent' Warning On Using Biotech Seeds : NPR

US: Insect Experts Issue 'Urgent' Warning On Using Biotech Seeds : NPR | MAIZE | Scoop.it
This week, a group of scientists sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging farmers to stop planting genetically engineered corn with a certain gene because it will no longer protect them from the corn rootworm.
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France Bans Growing of Genetically Modified Monsanto Corn

France will temporarily ban the growing of Monsanto Co.’s genetically modified corn MON810 ahead of guidance by European regulators on the crop’s safety, the agriculture and environment ministries said.
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