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Associated Press, Published July 02 2013

ND ag commissioner praises corn hybrid program

BISMARCK — North Dakota's agriculture commissioner says a research effort to develop corn hybrids for the northern U.S. and southern Canada should bring new opportunities and options to the state.

Doug Goehring says Monsanto plans to spend $100 million over the next 10 years to develop new varieties of earlier maturing corn hybrids more suited to North Dakota's climate. The project includes a sustained breeding effort with field testing, agronomic training, marketing and support.

Goehring said Monsanto's target area for the project is mostly southern Canada, but the area includes several U.S. states including the northern two-thirds of North Dakota.

He says corn breeding stations have been established near Fargo and in Manitoba, just north of the North Dakota line.

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