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Seed Companies Target North
Elaine Shein Associate Managing Editor
Mon Jul 8, 2013 10:26 AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Within 10 years Western Canada and northern states may have a few more options for crop rotations. Seed companies such as Monsanto and Pioneer are both working to breed for earlier-maturing corn varieties.

Recently, Monsanto Canada announced its ambitious Canada Corn Expansion Project to invest $100 million over 10 years into corn hybrids that mature earlier. The company also plans to include traits to handle the geography and climate challenges, such as drought and cold weather, beyond the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. The plan is to expand Western Canada's current corn acreage of 300,000 to 500,000 acres, ...

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