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US GM maize area grows despite smaller crop

The area planted with genetically modified maize in the US has increased this year despite an overall decline in the maize acreage. The USDA’s June survey points to a 2% rise in the GM maize area to some 70 million acres (28.3 million ha), with overall plantings down by 7%. Some 80% of the 87.3 million acre crop has been planted with GM lines, compared with 73% of the 93.6 million acres grown last year. About 97% of the maize crop had been planted by the time the survey was conducted. However, most of the data were collected before extensive rainfall and flooding struck several Mid-West states in June, the USDA points out.

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