Drought-tolerant corn technology on the upswing

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U.S. farmers have embraced drought-tolerant corn varieties, says an article on the Farm Journal website.

The technology was first introduced in 2011 – just before a historic drought would wipe out millions of bushels of the crop in 2012.

While the first hybrids were developed using traditional breeding techniques, the article notes genetically engineer hybrids were not far behind.

In 2016, 22 per cent of corn was drought tolerant, up from just two per cent in 2012.

In drought-prone states the adoption rate has been even greater, reaching 40 per cent.

The article also notes that farmers using drought tolerant hybrids tend to use more conservation tillage practices.

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