Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Monsanto investing $100M in new corn hybrids

  • Print

Monsanto Canada is investing $100 million over the next 10 years to develop earlier-maturing corn hybrids which could lead to a huge increase in the amount of corn being grown in Western Canada.

The Winnipeg-based agricultural company Monsanto said today its Canada Corn Expansion Project could potentially boost Western Canada’s annual corn acreage to eight to 10 million acres from the current 300,000 to 500,000 acres.

Mike Nailor, Monsanto’s corn and soybean lead for Canada, said while Western Canadian farmers are some of the most sophisticated in the world, most haven’t had the option to grow corn in the shorter-season climate that characterizes Western Canada.

"They produce great crops year-after-year in canola, wheat, barley and alfalfa, to name a few. But what if they could do better? That’s the question we started to ask ourselves when we looked at the corn opportunity," Nailor said.

"There will definitely be a learning curve, but farmers are innovators and strong adopters of technology. I don’t doubt for a second that, given the tools, they will drive corn acre expansion across the West if the yield and profitability potential in corn remains strong relative to other cropping options."

Although the project’s focus will be on the western Canadian market, Monsanto hopes to also develop new hybrids that could be grown in northern Ontario and Quebec, said Dan Wright, the project’s lead.

"There is a lot of work ahead of us to help Canadian farmers be successful with this opportunity," Wright said, "but we feel it holds significant potential to transform western Canadian agriculture, strengthen agricultural productivity and deliver incremental income to farmers annually."

 

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Cheapskate: Preparing for Boxing Day

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JJOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-Postcard  Day-Horror frost and fog created a most beautiful setting at Assiniboine Park Thursday morning in WInnipeg- Enviroent Canada says the fog will lifet this morning and will see a high of -7C-  JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Feb 18, 2010
  • Two baby tigers were unveiled at the Assiniboine Park Zoo this morning, October 3rd, 2011. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What's your take on the Jets so far this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google