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TITLE:  Capitalize on corn in 2000
SOURCE: AG Answers, Purdue University, USA by Bob Nielsen
        http://www.aes.purdue.edu/AgAnswrs/1999/12-
        10%20Corn_2000.html
DATE:   December 10, 1999

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" ... for the average Indiana cornfield Bt corn won't pay,
because of Indiana's record of low frequency and low severity of
European corn borer outbreaks does not warrant paying the "tech
fees" of the new, genetically modified (GM) hybrids."

For more critical informations on Bt-corn see:
http://www.btinternet.com/~nlpwessex/Documents/gmagric.htm

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Capitalize on corn in 2000

To get the most out of your cornfields in 2000 you need to begin
to put in time now. In the following two-part article, Purdue
Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen offers at-a-glance
guidelines for farmers to refer to now and throughout the 2000
growing season.


HONE IN ON HYBRIDS

Take time to study your hybrid options very carefully.

"Select corn hybrids on proven performance records, not solely on
the recommendation of your local seed dealer," Nielsen says. "A
hybrid with demonstrated superior yielding ability across
multiple locations and/or years is likely one that will perform
consistently.

"Certain hybrid traits are useful mainly as insurance packages.
They increase corn yield only if certain stresses occur but have
little to no effect if the stress does not occur. For example,
tolerance to gray leaf spot is attractive only where there is a
strong potential for that disease. Similarly, Bt corn is
attractive only where there is strong likelihood that European
corn borer (ECB) will develop."

Purdue Extension publication ID-219, "The Economics of Bt Corn:
Adoption Implications," (http://www.agcom.purdue.edu/AgCom/Pubs/
ID/ID-219/ID-219.html) suggests that for the average Indiana
cornfield Bt corn won't pay, because of Indiana's record of low
frequency and low severity of European corn borer outbreaks does
not warrant paying the "tech fees" of the new, genetically
modified (GM) hybrids. Factor in market-driven doubt about
whether controversial GM grains can find buyers and Bt may become
less attractive to risk-averse Indiana farmers.

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