Drought Tolerant Seeds for Farmers in Few Months
Seed companies have come up with a new invention in seed technology, which will reach farmers in the next few months. The seeds are drought tolerant and susceptible to drought conditions, offering a ray of hope to farmers who suffer from loss due to dry summers and scarce rains. The seeds were displayed at the DuPont Pioneer, Syngenta and Monsanto exhibits early last week at a show in Boone.
The genetic revolution has brought about this innovation of drought tolerance. The seeds offer pest and weed resistance too. This will increase the yields by around 35% to 40%. The new seeds do not completely erase the drought impact but the companies claim that the yield could give some relief to the farmers, thus lowering the loss which they normally bear in the event of drought-like conditions. The seed companies have long been developing drought tolerant corn. Drought tolerant seeds are more complicated. There is no such gene which could be identified that will defeat the drought conditions like it is possible for bugs or weeds.
Doubts had been prevailing about the marketability of drought tolerant corn seeds as they are not really saleable in the areas where there is sufficient rainfall without mechanical irrigation. However, they can be useful at places facing severe droughts. Vern Smith, who farms near West Liberty, said his farm benefited from some strategically aimed rain this summer.“My neighbors were estimated at 185 bushels per acre by Pro Farmer, and I think it’ll be around that,” Smith said. He examined the display for Syngenta’s artesian drought-tolerant line and said, “I’ll be interested in buying some for the next season.”
Still the seed companies are not over promising on the concept. They are not making any specific claims on the yields for Droughtguard, but the increase of around 5% to 10% has been observed above the normal yield.
The product has been designed primarily for the Western, and driest part of the corn belt that encompasses the Texas Panhandle and the western halves of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas. The biotech seed lines cannot be launched without approvals from all major users. The company’s manufacturing will have to take all such approvals in the next few months.
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