Biotech Crop Boom Continues

July 16, 2009 07:00 PM

Sara Schafer, AgWeb Crops Online Editor
A rising number of farmers continue to adopt genetically engineered crops, according to a new study from USDA. Since their introduction in 1996, farmers have rapidly accepted genetically engineered crops.
Key findings in the USDA study include:
  • Adoption of biotech soybeans is 91% in 2009.
  • Adoption of all biotech cotton reached 88% in 2009.
  • Adoption of all biotech corn climbed to 85% in 2009.
Additionally, the study confirmed soybeans and cotton genetically engineered with herbicide-tolerant traits have been the most widely and rapidly adopted genetically engineered crops in the U.S., followed by insect-resistant cotton and corn.
(HT = herbicide-tolerant, Bt = insect-resistant)
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