Agriculture: Will the yield keep growing?

  • Article by: MATT McKINNEY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 3, 2009 - 10:44 AM

Corn yields seem to rise every year, along with demand. But the question is whether, even with genetic tinkering, the yields will continue to increase.

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orngcrushJun. 3, 0911:32 AM

Corn is such an important component of so many things, this subject is of vital importance. One thing that could be a topic for another day is how far behind the rest of the world is in yields. Farmers in many countries are getting 50 or 60 bushels per acre. Even if the U.S. stays the same, simply helping other countries get to a portion of our level will double the available corn in the world.

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plathedJun. 3, 09 7:50 PM

Other countries need to consume more fuel, more water, more pesticides, more fertilizer, more natural resources, more, and get more government subsidies for doing it. (Subsidies because it costs more than it's worth)

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orngcrushJun. 4, 09 8:59 AM

You're not talking about true costs worth. It costs more because price supports in the U.S. have depressed crop prices worldwide. Now that ethanol has kept the government from spending $8 billion per year on crop supports those real prices from the farm are realized in other countries as well. And as for fertilizer, pesticides, etc., those farmers don't have access to our seed technology, advanced farming practices, equipment, etc. As the story states, farm practices are some of the biggest drivers of yield improvements. We need to share our knowledge and technology with the rest of the world. Once that happens, the whole world can provide itself with food and with transportation fuel.

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