GMO Seed Dominates Corn, Cotton And Soybean Acres

November 6, 2018 04:45 PM
 
This year farmers dedicated over 90% of soybean, corn and cotton acres to bioengineered seeds. Most were herbicide tolerant (HT), insect resistant (Bt) or a stack of both, according to USDA.

This year farmers dedicated over 90% of soybean, corn and cotton acres to bioengineered seeds. Most were herbicide tolerant (HT), insect resistant (Bt) or a stack of both, according to USDA.

“Demand for GE (genetically engineered) seeds is affected by the severity of pest infestations, output prices, input prices and the commercialization of new GE traits,” according to a USDA news release. “For example, the introduction of new varieties of Bt corn resistant to corn rootworm and earworm may have contributed to the increase in Bt corn adoption rates since 2003.”

Here are highlights from USDA’s findings (note, percentages might add up to more than 100% because of stacked trait packages):

  • HT soybeans rose from 7% of soybean acres in 1996 to their plateau at 94% in 2014.
  • HT cotton rose from 2% of cotton acres in 1996 to a peak of 91% in 2014.
  • HT corn grew slowly from 1% of corn acres in 1996 to 82% in 2018.
  • Bt corn grew from 1% of corn acres in 1996 to 82% in 2018.
  • Bt cotton expanded from 15% of cotton acres in 1996 to 85% in 2018.

The chart with information below appears in ERS data product, “Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.,” updated July 2018.

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Dieter Harle
Davenport, IA
11/20/2018 07:32 PM
 

  Please show also the growth of NGMO corn and soy acres over the last few years. Seed providers can certainly share their sales volumes for NGMO. (This must be compared to truly TOTAL acres grown) Industry surveys show not only lower cost of production of around $100 per acre for NGMO corn, more important is no loss of yield while test weight and nutrient density increased significantly. Soil and crop diseases are reduced. The prove is to feed it and smile observing the results. Breeders of all livestock and in particular poultry, while beating prices down, know all too well the benefits of NGMO and Non-Glyphosate.

 
 

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