USDA: Plantings of biotech soybeans, corn, cotton increase
(July 1, 2002 -- CropChoice news)
U.S. farmers will plant more genetically modified corn, soybeans and cotton this crop year than last, according to a U.S. Department of
Agriculture report based on surveys of producers.
Overall biotech acreage increased 13 percent compared with 2001 planted biotech acreage.
The report found the following:
75 percent of 2002 U.S. soybeans acres are biotech compared with 68 percent in 2001;
34 percent of this year's corn acreage will be devoted to genetically modified varieties versus 26 percent in 2001;
and, 71 percent of 2002 U.S. upland cotton acres are biotech compared with 69 percent last year.