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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.

Source: USDA