US GM maize and soybean areas edge upwards
The area planted with genetically modified maize and soybeans in the US continues to edge upwards, according to the USDA's June survey. With 90% of the maize area planted with GM lines, compared with 88% last year, the GM maize crop has expanded by 2.5% to 87.6 million acres (35.5 million ha). Overall maize plantings have risen by 0.2% to 97.4 million acres, which would be the largest area since 1936. The USDA projected a 0.1% rise in the maize area in March (Agrow No 661, p 16). Around 97% of the maize crop had been planted by the time of the June survey, compared with the most recent ten-year average of 98%.