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NDSU Corn Breeding Program Featured in Newspaper

Research aims to develop corn hybrids adapted to colder climates and a shorter growing season.

The NDSU corn breeding program, led by Marcelo Carena, was featured in an article in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  The article highlighted Carena's work to develop corn hybrids adapted to colder climates and a shorter growing season with faster dry down. Such products are not currently available in the northern and western U.S. environments.  This type of research can be a lengthy process, but the use of winter nurseries allows the program to produce new cold tolerant hybrids in less than five years, compared to the approximately 15 years it takes to develop new hybrids without winter nurseries.  The NDSU corn breeding program has released 38 new varieties in the last 10 years.

The full article by Mike Nowatzki was published in The Forum on February 22, 2013.

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