GMO vs. non-GMO: How farmers decide which crops to grow

. . . . Choosing different varieties of corn or soybeans, some with and some without GM traits is one of those means to spread risk, be a steward of the traited technology, and reduce the risk of herbicide/insecticide resistance. . . [W]e can only grow what we have a market for. If there is a demand for high oleic soybeans and there is a grain elevator in our region paying a premium for that trait, we’d be foolish not to tap into that market. We can’t grow what there isn’t local infrastructure and market to support. . . .

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Even when there is a premium involved with growing a non-GM grain, due to better yields, GM has out-performed non-GM on our farm every year. We have experienced higher yields in all of our GM crops in the nearly 17 years we have been using the seeds. . . . Our decision making is balanced by diversity of the markets we can access, the demand within those markets, and the productivity that we have seen for ourselves to justify which type of seeds to plant each and every year.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: GMO vs NonGMO: 2015 Cost of Production Update

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