Fast is buzzword in corn research

I'm torn between acknowledging the good points of having a product that matures earlier and will this reduce the risks to the farmers and the food chain, and the bad points of increasing the sheer volume of corn that is available in the market, which would have the risk of lowering the price and making North america even more reliant on corn and its byproducts.

Early maturing corn is the focus — corn that requires fewer heat units to reach maturity and can be harvested for grain before fall frost.

“From a development standpoint, we have some 70-day corn that is actually in the market and coming to market,” said Dupont Pioneer Canada president Bryce Eger.

Research at the southern Alberta facility will work toward 68 or 69 day corn so that the crop can be grown across a wider area of Western Canada.