No rain is farmers' pain

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 9, 2012 - 9:10 PM

A once-promising forecast is turning ugly for U.S. farmers, although Minnesota's crop is in better shape than most.

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paulTandbergJul. 9, 1211:05 PM

Wasn't it about six weeks or so ago the Tribune ran a story about the Union of Concerned Scientists efforts to have Monsanto's work in breeding drought resistant corn stopped? The UCS claimed that drought resistant corn was no better in dry conditions than conventional corn. They further claimed that the drought resistant corn would somehow damage the environment by moving corn production into dryer parts of the country (despite its being, according to their claim and skewed logic, no more drought resistant).

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erikj3Jul. 9, 1211:39 PM

This is our future, unfortunately. And it's only going to get worse. Maybe if people can't get their corn on the cob (or Doritos) because corn won't grow due to drought, they'll start paying attention.

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dlzabzJul. 10, 1211:19 AM

I can't remember a time when farmers weren't complaining there was either too much rain or not enough rain. But all I know is we've come a long way from Willie Nelson's Farm Aid to corporate farming.

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mchuskerJul. 10, 1210:08 PM

The new trait is drought tolerant, not really drought resistant. It still requires that water eventually be in the mix. The tolerance allows the plant to survive for an extra week or 10 days in hopes that rain eventually falls. 2012 is a pilot year with 10,000 - 12,000 acres planted this year in the western corn belt. This trait will great demand in 2013, remains to be seen what Monsanto will charge for it or if they have sufficient supply considering the weather events of 2012.

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