06 Jul Booming biotechnology industry works wonders for Wisconsin
BROTHERTOWN, Wis. – The corn crop sprouting on Bill Hansen’s 150-acre farm in Calumet County has a secret: It’s fortified with special traits at the microscopic level.
Such genetic alterations begin with the corn seed, which allows it to grow into a plant resistant to root worms and insects, disease and drought, as well as the popular herbicide Roundup.
It’s important because encroaching weeds compete for the same moisture as crops; killing them without collateral damage to the corn makes for a more productive field with noticeably taller stalks, Hansen said.
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