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Zambia commercial farmers cut maize production | News by Country | Reuters

LUSAKA, March 19 (Reuters) - Commercial maize production in Zambia will fall by about 80 percent in the 2011/2012 season compared with the previous crop season after farmers turn to more lucrative cash crops, the farmers' union said on Monday.

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Kenya: Saving Nation's Maize Crop

Kenya: Saving Nation's Maize Crop | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Nairobi — While some maize farmers in Kenya's Western Province are stilling living off the produce from last season's harvest, Robert Oduor is counting his losses after the deadly Striga weed infested his one-hectare maize field.
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Shifts in corn production slowing yield | Markets content from Western Farm Press

Corn yields are likely to grow at a much slower rate than historical and trendline analysis suggests 2012 growth will be below current USDA estimates.
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GMO drought-tolerant corn over-promises: plant scientist

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Utilizing biotech drought-tolerant corn to boost global food production would be a less-effective tactic than planting conventional corn and improving agronomic practices, a veteran...
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Zimbabwe: 500 000 hectares of planted maize crop a write off - Made

Zimbabwe: 500 000 hectares of planted maize crop a write off - Made | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Zimbabwe faces serious hunger as 500 000 hectares of the planted maize crop during the 2011-2012 farming season is a write off, Agriculture and Mechanization Minister, Joseph Made has revealed.
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Drought Tightens Corn Supply Before Biggest Harvest on Record: Commodities

Drought Tightens Corn Supply Before Biggest Harvest on Record: Commodities | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Droughts from Mexico to Argentina are shrinking corn stockpiles to a five-year low, raising the prospect of a bull market before U.S. farmers start reaping the biggest crop ever.
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China's top corn grower to expand acreage, cut soy

China's northeast province of Heilongjiang, the country's top corn and soy grower, aims to raise total grains output by eight percent in 2012 and will expand its corn acreage by paring back on land for soy, a local agriculture official said.

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Corn Shipments From India Seen Missing Forecast on Pests, Rupee Strength

India, Asia’s biggest corn exporter, may ship less grain than predicted this year after pests spurred Vietnam to reject some cargoes and as the strengthening rupee boosted prices, according to a traders’ group.
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Record US corn crop to cool red-hot prices-FAPRI

Record US corn crop to cool red-hot prices-FAPRI | MAIZE | Scoop.it
* Rapid growth in ethanol industry has slowed

* Think tank sees smaller corn crop than USDA

* Plantings of eight major crops up 2 pct in 2012

* Price volatility will continue, says FAPRI...

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Tanzania: Bill, Melinda Foundation Gives US$ 56 M to Support Seed Production

LOCAL seed industries, crop breeding and agro-dealer networks last week received 56 million US dollars (over 88bn/-) from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of increased production.

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South African Corn Output May Increase to a Two-Year High - Businessweek

South Africa may reap 13 percent more corn this season, the biggest harvest since 2009-10 as farmers plant larger areas with the grain, according to the Crop Estimates Committee website.
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Kenya: New maize seed technology will fight Striga weed

infestation of the weed causes between 20 per cent
and 10 percent grain yields loss in many fields in
western Kenya, affecting over 250,000 hectares
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Corn Exports From Ukraine to Climb, Boosting Global Supply - Businessweek

Corn exports from Ukraine, vying with Argentina as the second-biggest shipper, may jump 20 percent as bumper harvests boost stockpiles, said an official.
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China's pigs will take bite out of soaring corn prices

China's pigs will take bite out of soaring corn prices | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Corn prices in China are up 10 per cent this year to a record high. Hopes of China becoming a significant corn importer are propelling global grain prices higher.

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Argentina Responds to Climate Challenge with Transgenic Seeds - IPS ipsnews.net

Researchers in Argentina have isolated a sunflower gene and implanted it into corn, wheat and soybean seeds to make them more resistant to drought and soil salinity, problems increasingly faced by this South American agricultural powerhouse as a...
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Monsanto tests drought-tolerant biotech corn

Seed giant Monsanto Co. plans large-scale tests this year of the first government-approved biotech crop developed to deal with drought. The new corn is being introduced as much...

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China to add to squeeze on world corn supply

China to add to squeeze on world corn supply | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Beijing and the influential U.S. agriculture department may have overstated China's corn crop by as much as 14 percent, pointing to higher imports from the world's second-largest consumer of the grain that could squeeze already tightening global supplies.

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Pioneer Drought Tolerance Innovations

Pioneer Drought Tolerance Innovations | MAIZE | Scoop.it

During Commodity Classic Pioneer Hi-Bred held a press conference titled, “Innovations in Drought Tolerance: Delivering Rain or Shine.” This featured feature Pioneer’s research innovations in drought-tolerant corn hybrids, 2011 performance data on Optimum® AQUAmaxTM hybrids, and improved management options for growers.

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South Africa’s biotech crops on the increase

South Africa’s biotech crops on the increase | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Johannesburg - Biotech crops in South Africa have increased by 100,000 hectares for the second consecutive year, an independent biotech scientist said on Thursday.

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France to restore GMO maize ban within days: ministry

PARIS (Reuters) - France will reinstate a ban on the cultivation of Monsanto's MON810 maize (corn) in the next few days, in time to prevent the genetically modified grain being sown this year, an official...
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China: Letting the grain take the strain

China: Letting the grain take the strain | MAIZE | Scoop.it
BEIJING - For those who can sense the way the wind is blowing in China, it is time to sow seeds. During the past nine years, the government has been making a concerted effort to advance the agricultural sector.
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Brazil corn to hit record despite drought -Celeres

SAO PAULO, March 5 (Reuters) - Brazil's 2011/12 corn harvest should turn out 60.4 million tonnes, local analyst Celeres said on Monday, trimming its view slightly from the 60.58 million tonnes it forecast in February.

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New genomic resources for maize breeding

New genomic resources for maize breeding | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Syngenta's donation of a transgenic-free allelic diversity platform will accelerate maize breeding

 

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Tanzania: ESRF lauds lifting of export ban on maize

The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) has praised the government for lifting the export ban it imposed on miaze last year, describing the outlaw as counterproductive.

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Kenya: Genetic Maize Seeds Set for Market

Genetically modified maize varieties will be available in Kenyan shops in the next two years.

Scientists were conducting field trials on the drought-resistant maize seeds before they could be released to the local market, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute officer in charge of biotechnology Simion Gichuki said on Thursday.

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