High cost of biotech seeds drives one farmer to switch some acreage to non-GMO

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Reed checks non-GMO cotton planted into cereal rye. He estimates savings of $80 per acre with non-GMO cotton and tries to push those savings toward $100 to $120 per acre.

In 2014, [farmer Nathan] Reed fought for financial breath even after skinning inputs one by one…With an eye on cost control, he began switching portions of his ground to non-GMO production supported by a minimum till cover crop scheme, and the change led to farm-wide profitability.

Pen to paper, Reed estimates he saves $80 per acre with non-GMO cotton versus biotech cotton.

Yields aren’t necessarily the best avenue toward profit, evidenced by Reed’s operation. “I have nothing against GMOs, but I can’t escape the seed price. If somebody out there is considering non-GMOs and cover crops, I recommend they walk in slowly. Hey, I’ve had some oops moments and I’ll have some more, but it’s not devastating when seed is about $20 per acre,” he says.

“You can’t be afraid to adapt and get ready for tomorrow,” he adds. “You know your fields. It’s pretty simple to take a pencil and know what you’ve got in a crop. If it ain’t in the black, something has to give.”

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Driven by Dollars to Non-GMO Seed

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