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Agriculture: Short-term versus long-term gain, part II

 Today’s column finishes a two-part story regarding Roundup Ready technology and the unintended consequences of long-term vs. short-term thinking. Remember Roundup Ready soybeans crushed the DuPont STS competition. 

With the success of soybeans, Roundup Ready corn soon followed and grew in acreage as did cotton, canola, alfalfa, and sugar beets. This initially worked well, saved farmers money on herbicides and allowed for decreased tillage. During this time other herbicide chemistries and seed technologies were being developed but except in wheat and later sorghum, crops without Roundup Ready technology, had a hard time finding a market. Than what was a ...


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