DuPont Co., the largest US corn-seed producer, plans to
boost the production of genetically modified seed to meet surging demand in
2008, due to increased use for ethanol production and animal
DuPont, based in Wilmington, Delaware, US, this year will sell 50% more
modified corn seed to North American farmers, J. Erik Fyrwald, agriculture group
vice president said.
Sales of so-called double- and triple-stacked seeds
were capped by a production shortfall. Triple-stacked seeds resist weedkillers
and two types of insects. Fyrwald said that they are not running out of seed,
but "our best products with stacked traits, we don't have at the full volume. We
will have that next year."
Global demand for food and animal feed, as
well as grain-derived fuels such as ethanol, create extra growth opportunities,
notably for modified seeds. Corn prices are up 75% from a year
DuPont's Pioneer seed unit is catching up with Monsanto Co., the
world's largest developer of engineered seeds, Fyrwald said. DuPont in December
said it will cut $100 million in costs at 10 sites that make crop chemicals,
eliminating 1,500 jobs. The savings will be used to speed the development of new
Related links: DuPont seeds, Monsanto seeds
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