New Corn Seeds Fight Drought

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Seed companies have developed a new corn seed that could boost yield 15 percent during a drought and lower price shock at the grocery store.

While it may be tough to avoid summer drought price hikes at the grocery store, there’s good news for next year.

USA Today ran a story over the weekend announcing farms would soon have drought-resistant corn seeds…

Drought tolerance will be the latest gee-whiz addition to seed offerings, going beyond the pest and weed resistance made commonplace by the genetic biotech revolution. Iowa yields have increased around 35% to 40% since the late 1980s, helping satisfy a greater demand for corn for food, feed and fuel.

It’s not drought-proof – but it would’ve yielded up to 15 percent as much corn as this summer’s crop, and farmers will be able to buy it in a few months.

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